A Grief Observed
by C.S. Lewis
Written after his wife's death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," Lewis's classic work is an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings.
American Way of Death Revisited
by Jessica Mitford
When first published in 1963, this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade." Written with scathing wit, Mitford's exposé of the American funeral industry is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny.
Bettyville: a Memoir
by George Hodgman
When Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris, Missouri, he finds himself an unlikely caretaker of his aging mother, Betty, who has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay. As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together, Hodgman reveals the challenges of Betty's life and his own struggle for self-respect, moving readers from their small town to the star-studded corridors of Vanity Fair.
Bodies in Motion and at Rest
by Thomas Lynch
Lynch, a poet and funeral director, continues to examine the relations between the literary and mortuary arts in these essays that illuminate not only how we die but how we live.
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
by Roz Chast
When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz Chast held to the practices of denial, avoidance and distraction. But when her mother suffers an accident, the tools that had served Chast well through her parents' seventies, eighties and early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies, the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role, aging and unstable parents leaving home for an institution, learning to respond to uncomfortable physical intimacies, managing logistics and hiring strangers to provide the most personal of care.
Death Class: a True Story about Life
by Erika Hayasaki
A journalist details how Norma Bowe, the professor of a popular class on the stages of dying, death, and bereavement at Kean University in New Jersey, shows her students how to truly heal and live their lives through contemplating the end.
Death is Stupid
by Anastasia Higginbotham
This exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger and confusion that a child feels around death while offering possibilities for celebrating life and love.
Finding the Words: How to Talk with Children & Teens about Death, Suicide, Homicide, Funerals, Cremation & Other End-of-Life Matters
by Alan Wolfelt
In this compassionate book, readers will find simplified and suitable methods for talking to children and teenagers about sensitive topics with an emphasis on the subject of death. Honest but child-appropriate language is advocated, and various wording and levels of explanation are suggested for different ages. An ideal book for parents, caregivers, and counselors looking for an easy resource when talking to youths about death, this book can be used for any setting, religious or otherwise.
The Conversation: a Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care
by Angelo Volandes
Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes, even though research indicates that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones. Volandes believes the question 'How do you want to live?' must be posed to the seriously ill because they deserve to choose.
Will the Circle be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith
by Studs Terkel
One of Studs Terkel's most important oral histories, this book explores the indelible variety of reactions to mortality and the experience of death and the possibility of life afterward. Here a wide range of people addresses the unknowable culmination of our lives and its impact on the way we live, with grace and poignancy. Includes interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Ira Glass and many ordinary people.