Death Cafe Resource Library
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This important work by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley is a must-read for any hospice practitioner and/or family member of someone who is dying who would like to understand what your loved one is going through. One of the most interesting things I learned from this book is that the dying often speak in symbolic language that their family or caregiver does not recognize. When I worked as a hospice RN case manager, I would keep extra copies of this book on hand to give out to families. I often refer to this book as the book Elisabeth Kubler-Ross would have written had her career in end-of-life ...
9 talks all related to dying and huge eyeopeners to a different way of thinking about death. Lasting from 5 to 15 mins each.
Rivers and poets
Are veins and arteries
Of a country.
Rivers flow like poems
For animals, for birds
And for human beings-
The dreams that rivers dream
Bear fruit in the fields
The dreams that poets dream
Bear fruit in the people-
- Seshendra Sharma
Seshendra Visionary poet of the millennium
October 20th,1927 - May 30th ,2007
Parents: G.Subrahmanyam (Father) , Ammayamma (Mother)
Siblings: Anasuya,Devasena (Sisters),Rajasekharam(Younger brother)
Wife: Mrs.Janaki Sharma
Children: Vasundhara , Revathi (Daughters),Vanamaali , Saatyaki (Sons)
Seshendra Sharma better known as Seshendra is a colossus of Modern Indian poetry.
His literature is a unique blend of the best of poetry ...
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