Current Book List
Here are some of the books that we recommend, and some of them we have in stock. Please telephone us first to check availability and to order any books that we have.
Adult Reference Books
Healing into Dying
ON DEATH AND DYING
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross / Scribner Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Scribner
DEATH
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross The Final Stages of Growth, Touchstone -
BENJAYA'S GIFTS
Carmella B'Hahn (a true, inspirational account of loss)
MOURNING HAS BROKEN
Carmella B'Hahn (help in bereavement)
A YEAR TO LIVE
Steven Levine (Dying and Living)
SACRED DYING
Megory Anderson (being with the dying - true accounts)
MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
Iona Heath / Radcliff Publishing (a doctor's view)
A CELTIC BOOK OF DYING
Phyllida Anam-Aire (letting go/being with the dying)
THE ART OF DYING
Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick / Continuum Books A Journey to Elswhere
THE CHOICE
Jan Hatanaka / Bastian Books (Canada) Finding Life In The Face Of Death
(my) DYING IS FUN
Christopher Day Trafford Publishing
WHERE ON EARTH IS HEAVEN
Jonathan Stedall / Hawthorn Press (a book of spiritual exploration – see particularly the chapter on dying and becoming)
STILL HERE
Ram Dass / Hodder & Stoughton (embracing aging, changing and dying)
DEATHING
Anya Foos-Graber / Sai Towers (for the final moments of life)
INTIMATE DEATH
Marie De Hennezel / Warner Books (how the dying teach us to live) now entitled SEIZE THE DAY
A SAFE JOURNEY HOME: A SIMPLE GUIDE TO ACHIEVING A PEACEFUL DEATH
Felicity Warner Felicity Warner
WORDSMITH The Gift of a Soul
Meggan Young & Merrilyn Thomas Poety and prose. Megan, 32, dying of cancer.

 

 

 

LIFTING THE TABOO Women, Death and Dying
Sally Cline The result of 200 interviews.
Funeral choice
THE NATURAL DEATH HANDBOOK
Stephanie Wienrich / Stephanie Wienrich and Josefine Speyer, The Natural Death Centre (help and advice on all aspects of death and dying in depth)
DON'T DROP THE COFFIN
Barry Albin Dyer (based on the TV documentary series following Barry's work as a Funeral Director)
FINAL DEPARTURES
Barry Albin Dyer (death traditions from around the world encountered by Barry)
THE NEW GREEN CONSUMERS GUIDE
Julia Hailes (a section on Green burials)
THE DEAD GOOD FUNERALS BOOK
Sue Gill and John Fox (help and advice in depth)
TIME TO GO
Jean Francis (alternative funerals)
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE FUNERAL
Jane Morrell and Simon Smith (a general Introduction, full of easily accessible information)
THE GOOD FUNERAL GUIDE
Charles Cowling THE GOOD FUNERAL GUIDE
FINISHING TOUCHES
Jean Francis 60+ WAYS TO ENRICH A FUNERAL
Novel
BEING DEAD
Jim Crace (looking at how a body returns to the earth)
Bereavement
THE TWO OF US
Sheila Hancock / Bloomsbury (her life with John Thaw and his death)
ALWAYS WITH YOU
Gloria Hunniford / Hodder & Stoughton (chronicling the early death of her daughter Caron Keating and the wonderful letters of support from the public)
THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
Joan Didion / Harper Perennial (the death of her husband and daughter, told with great honesty)
THE CHOICE
Jan Hatanaka / BPS Books (finding life in the place of death – how our relationship to death can heal us)
IN THE PRESENCE OF GRIEF
Dorothy S. Becvar / Guilford (a family therapist tells her story)
HEALING GRIEF
James Van Praagh / Piatkus (a spiritual view of grief)
DYING, BEREAVEMENT AND THE HEALING ARTS
Various / Ed. Gillie Bolton, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (a series of essays illustrating palliative care)
LOVE LIVES ON
Louis LaGrand / Berkley Publishing (learning from encounters of the bereaved)
ONE IN FOUR
Joy Ford One million people commit suicide every year by Joy Ford
FRONTIERS OF REVALATION
Frances Banks Not a book of theology, but of spiritual experience.
Books for young adults
GET DEAD
Jamie Oliver Also highly suitable for older children (facts, figures and interviews concerning death)
Children's Books
BADGER'S PARTING GIFTS
Sue Varley (for young children)
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
Margery Williams (for young children)
GOODBYE MOG
Judith Kerr (for young children)
WATER BUGS: The Dragonfly
Doris Stickney (spiritually-based transformation story at death)
SEPARATIONS: DEATH
Janine Amos (For slightly older children)
SAD BOOK
Michael Rosen (Suitable for all)
DEAR GRANDMA BUNNY
Dick Bruna a Miffy character book on bereavement
A colleague also recommends:
What On Earth Do You Do When Somebody Dies?, Trevor Romain, and Funerals and How To Improve Them by Dr Tony Walter (out of print).

There are many other lovely books for children and Winston's Wish can help at winstonswish.org.uk.

In ‘The Natural Death Handbook’ and other publications mentioned on this website, particularly in ‘Sacred Dying’ – you will find comprehensive booklists.
 
 
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