Death Cafe Resource Library


You can only watch this if you are in the UK, I assume. Skip to 10 minutes into the video to get to the start of this part about Russell Davison talking about keeping the body of his wife home for six days before the funeral (10:00 - 20:23):
I am talking about bringing my husband's body home before the funeral. He died in a car accident and had to have an autopsy. We organised the funeral ourselves and buried him on private land.
 
Basically this short video is showing people how it is not necessary to hand over to funeral directors unless you want to. It is possible to keep the body at home until the funeral or to bring it home once it is released by the coroner, if the death is due to an accident or other unexpected circumstance.
 
The video is available on BBC iplayer from today 12 Feb 2018 for 28 days.
 
 

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Necessary Losses

Posted by Randy Beggs on Oct. 24, 2017, 4:27 p.m.


Necessary Losses

Judith Voirst provides excellent guidance regarding the view of death as an exception to living and rather offers the view that death is yet another experience which must be sustained by life. Voirst offers the perspective that we suffer losses daily - that loss is not an exception to life but very much part of living.

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On Death and Dying

Posted by Teresa Hudson on Aug. 16, 2017, 8:24 p.m. 2 comments


One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying grew out of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this remarkable book, Dr. Kübler-Ross first explored the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

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The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

"It is the impermanence of life that gives us perspective.  As we come in contact with life's precarious nature, we also come to appreciate its preciousness. Then we don't wan to wast a minute... Death is a good companion on the road to living well and dying without regrets."  

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The Five Invitations

Posted by mburnside on March 16, 2017, 2:27 p.m.


The Five Invitations

From the website: 

 

THE FIVE INVITATIONS

Discovering What Death
Can Teach Us About Living Fully

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most.

Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.

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Easy Death, Spiritual Wisdom on The Ultimate Transcending of Death and Everything Else by The Ruchir

"An exciting, stimulating, and 
thought-provoking book that 
adds immensely to the ever- 
increasing literature on the 
phenomena of life and death. 

"...it is a confirmation that a life 
filled with love instead of fear 
can lead to ultimately 
meaningful life and death.

"Thank you for this masterpiece."

– Elisabeth Kubler Ross, M.D. 
author, On Death and Dying

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Dying Well Prepared; Conversations and Choices for Terminal Patients

A guide book to help people with the choices they need to make for end of life and the conversations they need to have.

Written by a retired hospice admissions officer it covers getting the news and understanding it, the life choices you can make and who, when and how to engage in conversation.

It includes information on living options, caregivers, legal and ethical wills, Power of Attorney, health care proxy, hospice, palliative care, pain management, and end of life itself.

It also provides suggested language for conversations to help in articulating choices. Written primarily for the US consumer it is largely generic to all countries.

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Medicaid Long Term Care Guide

Posted by SeniorPlanning on Feb. 21, 2017, 12:36 p.m.


Every state has individual programs and eligibility requirements for their Medicaid long term care. Medicaid long term care is a partnership between the state and federal government with the goal of taking care of each state’s aged, blind, or disabled populations. Click your state for a comprehensive look at available programs and eligibility qualifications.

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Free, Public Symposium on "Awareness of Death and Personal Mortality: Implications for Anthropogeny"

Join the live webcast! 

Awareness of Death and Personal Mortality: Implications for Anthropogeny is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, March 3rd (1:00 – 5:30 pm PT), co-chaired by Nicholas Humphrey (Univ of Cambridge) and Ajit Varki (UC San Diego).

While certain warm-blooded social animals and birds appear to react selectively and specifically to the death of other members of their group, humans seem to be very unusual in the quality and extent of our responses, and in the ability to translate these experiences into an understanding of our personal mortality ...

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Things To Know Before I Go

Posted by TreeLover99 on Oct. 23, 2016, 7:41 p.m.


Things To Know Before I Go

In addition to the emotional aspects of preparing for death, there is the business aspect of death.  I have come across a book "Things To Know Before I Go" which can be a valuable asset to help your loved ones deal with the business that will come following your death.  The book covers 17 categories including personal information, funeral wishes, financial accounts, life insurance, location of documents, investments, obituary, pets and much more.  It's easy to use with simple fill-in forms printed in a large font and coil bound to lay flat.  "Things To Know Before I Go" can provide a clear and concise documentation of your ...

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Awake At The Bedside

Posted by mburnside on Oct. 19, 2016, 7:08 a.m.


Awake At The Bedside

This is a beautiful book about living, caring for those whose lives are ending and how compassionate care changes all of us.

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Kitchen Table Wisdom

Posted by metta on Oct. 16, 2016, 7:01 a.m.


Kitchen Table Wisdom

Written by a woman (Rachael Naomi Remen) who works with people who have life-threatening illnesses, this book is insightful and loving and a great resource for thinking about life and death. 

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The Hourglass: Life as an Aging Mortal

Posted by Pam Cuming on April 17, 2016, 5:51 p.m. 1 comment


The Hourglass: Life as an Aging Mortal

In The Hourglass: Life as an Aging Mortal, Pamela Cuming invites us to contemplate how we can find the courage to age and to confront death as the runway of our lives gets shorter. She courageously addresses questions like these:
• How can we continue to find meaning in life when we already know the end of the story? 
• Is it possible to love our aging bodies as we once loved our younger selves?
• How can we continue to love our aging mates when they grow short-tempered, and impatient and can’t play with us or interact with us the way they used to?
• What can we do to ...

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Death and its advantages

Posted by Nataly Rojas on Feb. 17, 2016, 3:26 p.m. 1 comment


Death and its advantages

Days ago I found a book at a book fair near my city, I bougth it and I wanted to share it with you but I couldn't find it in english. It's about the scientific explanation of death, how cells work to... yes, die.  Anyways here's the link of "La muerte y sus ventajas" if any of you want to read it.

This is my first post and I'm glad to have found a place like this

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Love Your Life to Death

Posted by Yvonne Heath on Jan. 21, 2016, 2:21 p.m.


Love Your Life to Death

 

 

Love Your Life to Death

This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but most importantly it may give you a new perspective on life and death. Through heartfelt stories of those who have been deeply impacted by loss and found happiness again, and interviews of professionals who deal with grief, death and dying, you will gain from their insightful experiences.

You will be empowered by:                                                                                     

*Exploring why we have become a death phobic society

*Better understanding medical futility and quality vs. quantity of life

*Discovering how living fully can help you die peacefully

*Looking at grief and creating your self-care tool box

* Learning how ...

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