Death Cafe Resource Library


Final Gifts

Posted by on June 30, 2015, 2:16 p.m.


Final Gifts

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 ...

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TED Talks

Posted by Lis Horwich on April 15, 2015, 11:27 a.m.


9 talks all related to dying and huge eyeopeners to a different way of thinking about death. Lasting from 5 to 15 mins each.

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Seshendra Sharma

Posted by Saatyaki S/o Seshendra Sharma on Jan. 22, 2015, 4:41 a.m.


Seshendra Sharma

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
http://seshendrasharma.weebly.com
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 ...

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More To Death

Posted by Josefine Speyer on July 5, 2014, 2:46 a.m.


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:

http://issuu.com/moretodeath/docs/more_to_death_january_2013

http://issuu.com/moretodeath/docs/more_to_death_autumn_winter_2013

 

http://issuu.com/moretodeath/docs/more_to_death_edition3

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Dying To Know

Posted by Jonathan Stein on April 10, 2014, 8:05 p.m.


Dying To Know

“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 ...

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Hospice Is Not a Dirty Word

Posted by ngcfounder on April 9, 2014, 7:07 p.m. 4 comments


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.

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Before We Say Goodbye

Posted by Sophia Tara on April 7, 2014, 5:53 a.m.


Before We Say Goodbye

"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."

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The Four Things That Matter Most, A Book About Living

Written by Ira Byock, M.D.

A classic read about end-of-life conversations.

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Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black

Posted by Jon Underwood on Dec. 17, 2013, 10:49 p.m. 1 comment


Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black

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 ...

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HospiceVoices Lessons for Living at the End of Life

Posted by chazel on Dec. 12, 2013, 10:31 a.m.


HospiceVoices Lessons for Living at the End of Life

This would be a great book to help start the conversation on death and dying.

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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2013, 1:31 p.m. 3 comments


Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler

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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7 Cups of Tea

Posted by 7CupsofTea on Nov. 14, 2013, 9:51 a.m.


7 Cups of Tea

7 Cups of Tea connects those in need of emotional support with compassionate and non-judgmental listeners through a secure, anonymous platform. Whether an individual is feeling stressed, confused, or just wants to get something off his or her chest, connecting with someone on 7 Cups of Tea is a great way to feel better. Listeners are trained in Active Listening, a method of emotional support known to relieve stress. It's free and the service is available on demand, worldwide, around the clock.

 

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Funeral Consumers Alliance

Posted by fca@funerals.org on Nov. 12, 2013, 12:27 p.m. 1 comment


Funeral Consumers Alliance

National, nonprofit consumer education and watchdog organization. FCA is dedicated to helping consumers understand their legal rights and options in funeral planning. We offer objective advice on all aspects of funeral planning, and our local affiliated volunteer groups offer price surveys, planning forms, and more. 

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Life Beyond Death

Posted by bwalton on Nov. 10, 2013, 1:34 p.m.


Life Beyond Death

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

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"Spirit Matters:How to Remain Fully Alive with a Life-Limiting Illness"

Hospice nurse with 24 years of experience relates what is most importaant in end-of-life care. Information the medical community is not sharing.

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