Talking about Dying Resources

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General Resources and Organizations

Fiction, Poetry, and Drama

  • Edson, Margaret. Wit (play)
  • Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars
  • Kunitz, Stanley. The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden
  • Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones
  • Tolstoy, Leo. The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  • Young, Kevin. The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing


  • Byock, Ira. The Best Care Possible
  • Chast, Roz. Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? (graphic novel)
  • Doughty, Caitlin. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
  • Gawande, Atul. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • Grassman, Deborah. Peace At Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families
  • Grewe, Fred. What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living: The Awful Amazing Grace of God
  • Halifax, Joan. Being with Dying
  • Hitchens, Christopher. Mortality
  • Jarman, Casey. Death: An Oral History
  • Jenkinson, Stephen. Die Wise
  • Kalanithi, Paul. When Breath Becomes Air
  • Kramer, Kenneth. The Sacred Art of Dying: How World Religions Understand Death
  • Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Death and Dying
  • Levine, Stephen. Healing into Life and Death
  • Lewis, C.S. A Grief Observed
  • Nuland, Sherwin B. How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter
  • Rinpoche, Sogyal. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
  • Warraich, Haider. Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life

Films and Videos

  • Go In Peace! (film, 2013)
  • Griefwalker (film, 2008)
  • How to Die in Oregon (film, 2011)
  • Love Is the Only Antidote to Fear (online audio)

Support Resources

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  • In the search box, enter your zip code and/or city.
    • Under “Search for Services” on the right, search “Support Groups.”
      • Select from a number of different group options, including but not limited to Aging/Older Adult, Bereaved Parent or Child, Caregiver/Care Receiver


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