Books to Die For…
Get the information, inspiration and tools to plan and implement creative, meaningful and memorable end-of-life rituals for people and pets. A Good Goodbye won Best of Show in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards and was a finalist in the Family and Relationships category of the national Book of the Year Awards. READ MORE
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KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die
Do you plan to live forever? Good for you! Do you ever plan to move? Depending on where you’re going, you can’t take it with you.
KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die is your guide to a clean house and a clear mind. Death educator Gail Rubin brings a light touch to cleaning out those dark recesses of your drawers and closets. In these pages, you’ll learn how to:
- Tackle downsizing without being overwhelmed by the job
- Evaluate what to keep, toss, donate and recycle
- Creatively remove excess goods from your home
- Manage your finances for today and tomorrow
- Organize your funeral and create your legacy
If you need guidance to downsize and organize, this book is for you. Each Bucket List item includes links to helpful online articles that expand on each point. READ MORE about KICKING THE BUCKET LIST. Order today for $15.95! Add to Cart
Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips
Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips offers families guidance and ideas for creating meaningful, memorable memorial services after a loved one has been cremated. MORE INFORMATION
The book’s title refers to the last line of an ancient elegiac poem written by the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus approximately 2,000 years ago. He mourns the death of his brother, who died while Catullus was traveling abroad. Upon his return, he sadly addresses his brother’s cremated remains, “… with brotherly weeping. And forever, brother, hail and farewell.”
Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips, is published by Light Tree Press and retails for $10.00 (plus shipping and NM sales tax as applicable). Order your copies today!
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The Perfect Stranger’s Guide to Funerals and Grieving Practices: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies The help you need to do the right thing in a difficult situation.
The Soul Sitter’s Handbook: What to do when your loved one is dying offers great advice on facing death and how to improve interactions with a dying person, and innovative ways to process grief after the death. In the face of a serious illness or loss, The Soul Sitter’s Handbook can provide the courage to think more clearly, make wise choices and connect with loved ones, both the living and dying.
On Grief & Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler is a classic text which stands the test of time. First published in 2005, it has been re-released ten years later with a foreword by Maria Shriver – someone well acquainted with grief and loss. This new edition includes a reading group guide with topics and questions for discussion and a listing of online resources.
If you’ve seen the “Ask a Mortician” YouTube video series by Caitlin Doughty, you know the humorous touch she puts into discussions of death. That same humor shines throughout her book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is a combination memoir and call to action for becoming an educated and involved funeral consumer that will make you LOL.
The full title pretty much says it all: Jane Brody’s Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life. This book is a wonderful resource that covers many planning areas in a warm, thoughtful tone. Brody provides great insights on advance directives, funeral planning, care giving, hospice and palliative care, spiritual care, organ and body donations, and so much more. (hardback and Kindle)
The Party of Your Life: Get the Funeral You Want by Planning It Yourself by Erika Dillman is a relentlessly upbeat guide to making your send-off a memorable celebration. The book provides guidance on details for the funeral of the future: a major party! She encourages individuals to write down all the desired elements, from themes and settings to music and readings. With snappy chapter titles and helpful how-to tips, Dillman encourages establishing a funeral box, an official funeral website, and a posse to carry out your funeral plans. (paperback)
GRAVE reflections by funeral directors Gloria and Louis Salazar provides well-grounded information about funeral planning, burial versus cremation, legal issues surrounding death, prearrangement and insurance, and more. In a nice finishing touch, both authors wrote their own obituaries and funeral plans. (Kindle, paperback through www.GraveReflections.com)
Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love consists of moving narratives about end of life and grief. These personal histories are complemented by practical guidelines for those caring for their loved ones through the last stages of life. For those who are grieving, the true-to-life-stories demonstrate how others have navigated through the tidal wave of emotions and reactions that characterize the grief process.
Death, Dying and Dessert: Reflections on Twenty Questions About Dying, by Susan Abel Lieberman, PhD, covers:
- Why we should talk about dying when we are healthy.
- How we can put needed paperwork in place, mostly for free from home.
- How we can start family conversations.
- How we can reduce our fears and avoid some of the chaos death can bring.