Death Cafe Resource Library
This is a free online magazine produced by the Natural Death Centre Charity. It offers a wealth of information and u to date news. Wonderful to spark off discussions with friends and family or just an interesting read. Nothing morbid about it!
The first three editions are here:
“Dying to Know” is an intimate portrait celebrating two very complex, controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation. In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became the LSD guru, challenging convention, questioning authority and as a result spawned a global counter culture movement landing in prison after Nixon called him “the most dangerous man in America”. Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation who continues in his 80’s teaching service through compassion. With interviews spanning 50 years the film ...
Hospice is Not a Dirty Word
1. Because it takes the focus off of the disease and puts it back on the human being and the family and loved ones around them.
2. Because it gives families a plan to follow in the face of overwhelming grief and stress.
3. Because the caregivers are passionate about preparing the individual and the family to take the next step in the human journey.
4. Because teaching our children how to care for the dying in a loving and selfless manner will erase their television and video game driven fears about their own deaths.
5. Because we prepare for births, college and marraige and funerals but we fail to prepare for something we all must face at some point.
6. Because everyone deserves a death with dignity and without pain or fear.
7. Because it no longer means you have only a few days to live. Now it means you can have some quality of life no matter how limited your time.
8. Because it does not neglect the physical, spiritual and mental well being of the dying person and those around him or her.
9. Because primary care providers are ill equipped to manage negative symptoms associated with the dying process but hospice physicians are experts.
10. Because it assists in making the wishes of the dying person known and in helping those around him/her honor those wishes.
Hospice is a gift, not a dirty word.
"Terminally ill, she asks her son to help her die. What should he do now? Before We Say Goodbye speaks directly to countless families. It challenges us in our deepest selves. Many will call it a love story."
Posted by Paige Lewis on Jan. 28, 2014, 9:33 a.m.
Written by Ira Byock, M.D.
A classic read about end-of-life conversations.
Posted by Jon Underwood on Dec. 17, 2013, 10:49 p.m. 1 comment
Daniel Sullivan is Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Arizona, USA. He is the co-author of many research articles and book chapters on topics ranging from psychology to film and literature.
Jeff Greenberg is Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona, USA, and is President of the International Society for Self and Identity. He is one of the co-creators of terror management theory, the co-author of many scientific articles and chapters, and the co-author of In the Wake of 9/11: The Psychology of Terror, Hanging on and Letting Go, and The Worm at the Core.
Death in Classic and Contemporary Film Fade to Black ...
Posted by chazel on Dec. 12, 2013, 10:31 a.m.
This would be a great book to help start the conversation on death and dying.
On Nov. 9, I facilitated a death cafe and one of the attendees highly recommended this book. Two days later, I heard an interview on NPR with the author, Katy Butler. Her words about the way we die (especially in America) were so pertinent and appropriate to today's world. I was delighted. Have just received my copy and will begin the read this weekend!
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I realize this is not for everyone, but many people have found a great deal of insight and practical information about the spiritual dimension of death on this website. Go to: http://www.lifebeyonddeath.org
Posted by bettybetty on Oct. 29, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
Hospice nurse with 24 years of experience relates what is most importaant in end-of-life care. Information the medical community is not sharing.
Death Knells is a website dedicated to quotes about death. It is run by John Wadsworth who has excellent taste - recommended!
I have just discovered a website which really helped me look to my own future and my own death, and my 93 year old Mother's. My mother was so pleased to know that she will not be kept alive just because medicine can do that. She just wants to go naturally. I have done my 'bucket list' now too.
Posted by amylenzo on Oct. 4, 2013, 6:37 p.m.
This book is a wise and witty jaunt through the ways death is viewed in popular culture through the movies.
The authors bring their own deep spiritual practice to the narrative, so their insights are grounded and perceptive.
They focus particularly on what Buddhists call the bardo - or transition between life and death, which can show up while we are still alive as a kind of "gap" between states, or moments of uncertainty.
Relevant and useful to any thought process around death.