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Further reading

Below are a selection of books that may be of interest:

Preparing for Dying and Care for the Dying

A Scattering, Reid, Christopher, Arete Ltd, 2009.

Art of Dying, Fenwick, Dr Peter and Elizabeth. Continuum, 2008.

Before I Die, Downham, Jenny. Black Swan Books, 2007

D-Word: Talking about dying, Brayne, Sue. Continuum, 2010.

Dying to Know: Bringing Death to Life, Anastasios, Andrew, Hardie Grant Books, 2010.

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communications of the Dying; Callanan, Maggie and Kelley, Patricia, Bantam Books,1992.

Good Death: Conversations with East Londoners, Young, Michael & Cullen, Lesley. Routledge, 1996.

Good Death Guide: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask, Dunn, Michael. Pathways, 2000.

Good Life, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on Reincarnation, Nawang Gehlek, Rimpoche. Michael Joseph Ltd, 2002.

How to Have a Good Death, Feinmann, Jane, forward by Ester Rantzen. Dorling Kindersley, 2006.

In Your Time: A guide for patients and their carers facing a last illness at home, Lee, Elizabeth. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Last Orders; The Essential Guide to Your Letter of Wishes, Byron, Patricia. Stellar Books, 2010.

Life After Life; Moody, Raymond, Rider & Co, 2001. Life in a Hospice, Richardson, Anne. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, 2007.

Living and Dying with Cancer, Armstrong-Coster, Angela. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully, Manahan, Nancy and Bohan, Becky. Beaver’s Pond Press, 2007.

Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage, Hollis, Jennifer L. Praeger, 2010.

Natural Death Handbook, The Natural Death Centre, Strange Attractor Press, 2012

Nearing Death Awareness: A Guide to the Language, Visions, and Dreams of the Dying, Sanders, Mary Anne, Jessica Kingsley, 2007.

On Death and Dying: What the dying have to teach doctors, nurses, clergy, and their own families, Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. Routledge, 1970.

Sacred Dying, Anderson, Megory. Marlow and Company, 2004. Safe Journey Home: A simple guide to achieving a peaceful death, Warner, Felicity. Hay House, 2011.

Standing On His Own Two Feet, A Diary of Dying, Grant, Sue, Jessica Kingsley, 2005.

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Rinpoche, Sogyal. Rider, 2008. What is Death? A scientist looks at the cycle of life, Volk, Tyler. John Wiley and Sons, 2002.

What to Do Following A Death, Lawpack, 2007. What to Do when Someone Dies, Wadey, Anne. Which? Books, 2010.

Wills and Probate: Hassle-free Expert Advice on Making Your Own Will, Bunn, Bunn, Which? Books, 2009.

Your Digital Afterlife: When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter are Your Estate, What's Your Legacy? (Voices That Matter), Carroll, Evan and Romano, John, New Riders Publishing, 2010.

Anthologies, Poems and Meditations

All in the End is Harvest: An anthology for those who grieve, Whitaker, Agnes. Longman & Todd Ltd, 2004.

Do Not Go Gentle: Poems for funerals, Astley, Neil [Ed]. Bloodaxe, 2003. For people of all faiths and none.

Guide to a Dead Brilliant Funeral Speech: Because You Only Get One Chance to Make a Last Impression, Dorward, Neil, Ecademy Press 2009.

Living with the Dead, Steiner, Rudolf. Steiner Press, 2002. Long Pale Corridor: Contemporary Poems of Bereavement, Benson, Judi and Falk, Agneta, Bloodaxe Books Ltd, 1996.

Music: Physician for Times to Come, Compiled by Campbell, Don. Quest Books, 2000. Poem For the Day One, Albery, Nicholas and Ratcliffe, Peter [Ed]. Chatto & Windus, 2001.

Poem For the Day Two, Albery, Nicholas. Bowen, Retta. Temple, Nick and Wienrich, Stephanie, [Eds]. Chatto & Windus, 2003.

Poems and Readings for Funerals and Memorials, Moncada, Luisa, New Holland, 2009.

Seasons of Life: Prose and poetry for secular ceremonies and private reflection, Collins, Nigel. Rationalist Press, 2000.

When Death Comes Close: Poems Written and Read, McCallum, Museday Publications, 2010.

Funerals and Green Burial

American Way of Death, Mitford, Jessica. Penguin, 1965.

American Way of Death Revisited, Mitford, Jessica, Virago Press. 2000 .

Dead Good Funerals Book, Gill, Sue & Fox, John. Engineers of the Imagination, 2004.

Exit strategy: thinking outside the box, Cromer, Michelle, Penguin, 2006.

Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, Slocum, Joshua and Carlson, Lisa, Upper Access Books, 2011.

Finishing Touches, 60 ways to enrich a funeral, Francis, Jean, Milestone, 2011.

Funerals - And how to improve them, Walter, Tony. Hodder & Stoughton, 1990

Funerals Without God: A practical guide to non-religious funerals, Wynne, Jane. British Humanist Association, 1995.

Giving & Inheriting, Lowe, Jonquil, Which? Books, 2011.

Going Out Green, Butz, Bob, Spirituality & Health Books , 2009.

Good Funeral Guide, Cowling, Charles. Continuum, 2010.

Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry To a Natural Way of Burial, Harris, Mark, Scribner, 2008.

Guide to Natural Burial, West, Ken. Sweet & Maxwell, 2010.

Making An Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre. How We Dignify the Dead, Murray, Sarah, Coptic, 2011.

Meaningful Funerals: Meeting the Theological and Pastoral Challenge in a Postmodern Era, Kelly, Ewan, Continuum, 2008.

Natural Burial Traditional - Secular Spiritualities and Funeral Innovation, Davies, Douglas. Rumble, Hannah. Continuum (due for publication September 2012)

The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade , Lynch, Thomas, W.W. Norton, 1997.

We Need to Talk About the Funeral: 101 Practical Ways to Commemorate and Celebrate Life, Morrell, Jane and Smith, Simon. Accent Press Ltd, 2007.

Who Put the 'fun' in Funeral?: Diary of a Funeral Director, Tury, Jan, AuthorHouse, 2011.

Bereavement and Loss After Death

Communication, LaGrand, Louis E. Llewellyn Publications, 1997.

Always With You, Hunniford, Gloria. Hodder and Stoughton, 2008.

Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul: Stories about Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One, Canfield, Jack and Victor, Hansen Mark, HCI , 2001.

Death of a Parent: Transition to a new adult identity, Umberson, Debra. Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Messages & Miracles: Extraordinary Experiences of the Bereaved; LaGrand, Louis, Llewellyn Publications, 1999.

Six Feet Over: Adventures in the Afterlife ,Roach, Mary, Canongate, 2008.

Special Scar: The experience of people bereaved by suicide, Wertheimer, Alison. Routledge, 2001.

When a Baby Dies: The experience of late miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death, Henley, Alix and Kohner, Nancy, Routledge, 2001 .

When Parents Die: Learning to Live with the Loss of a Parent, Abrams, Rebecca, Routledge. 2012

Year of Magical Thinking, Didion, Joan. Vintage, 2007.

For Use with Children and Young Adults

Badger’s Parting Gifts, Varley, Susan. Collins Picture Books 2002.

Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Death, What Children Need to Know, Goldman, Linda, Jessica Kingsley, 2009.

Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine Winston's Wish, Crossley, Diana and Sheppard, Kate, Hawthorn Press. 2010 Talking with Children and Young People about Death and Dying, [2nd ed], Turner, Mary, Jessica Kingsley, 2006.

Teacher’s Handbook of Death, Jackson, Maggie & Colwell, Jim. Jessica Kingsley, 2001. Velveteen Rabbi, Williams, Margery. Pocket Books, Egmont, 2004

Water Bugs and Dragonflies, Stickney, D. Pilgrim Press, 2009.

What Happens When Someone Dies? A Child's Guide to Death and Funerals,Mundy, Michaelene, Abbey Press, 2009.

Death of a Pet

Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, Allen, Moira. Dog Ear Publishing, 2007.

Farewell, My Lovely: Short Tails and Tributes to Brains the Magnificat and Other Much-loved, Departed Pets, Cornfield, Susie, Garret Books, 2006.



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