Resources – Books and Links

It will be no surprise that I read extensively as Autumn’s Grace took shape. I borrowed many books and purchased several. What I did not do was to keep a list of the books.  The content ranged from humor to hospice.  Yes, humor. Even when a diagnosis appears grim, there are so many benefits to laughter that there is no good reason to exclude humor from life.

If you find that the books and links noted below are useful, then please let me know, and, if you have additional items to recommend, send them along please.

Books for Adults:

  • Ashenburg, Katherine. The Mourner’s Dance – What  We Do When People Die. Toronto: MacFarlane Walter & Ross, An Affiliate of McClelland & Stewart, 2002
  • Buckman, Robert. I Don’t Know What to Say: How to Help and Support Someone Who Is Dying: Key Porter Books, 1996.
  • Buckman, Robert. How to Break Bad News: Hopkins Fulfillment Service, 1992.
  • Butler, Katy. Knocking on Heaven’s Door – The Path to a Better Way of DeathScribner, 2013.
  • Callanan, Maggie and Kelley, Patricia. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communication of the Dying. New York: A bantam Book, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1997.
  • Cunningham, Alistair J. The Healing Journey. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2000.
  • Dass, Ram and Paul Gorman. How Can I Help? Stories and Reflections on Service. New York: A Borzoi Book, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1985.
  • Edson, Margaret. Wit: Faber & Faber, 1995.
  • Granger, Kate. The Other Side. Amazon Digital Services, 2012.
  • Harmon, Louis. Fragments on the Deathwatch. Boston: Beacon Press, 1998.
  • Kabar-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living. New York: Bantam Dell, Random House, 2009.
  • Kuhl, David. What Dying People Want – Practical Wisdom for the End of Life. Toronto: Anchor Canada, Random House, 2003.
  • Macmillan, Karen,  Jane Hopkinson, Jacquie Peden, and Dennie Hycha. A Caregiver’s Guide – A Handbook About End-of-Life Care. Ottawa: Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Military and Hospitalier Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, 2004.
  • Pearson, Patricia. Opening Heaven’s Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death, and What Comes After. Atria Books, 2014
  • Schwalbe, Will. The End of Your Life Book Club. Toronto: Vintage Canada, Random House, 2013.
  • Stotland, Ezra. The Psychology of Hope. San Francisco: JosseyBass Inc., 1969. (If I could encapsulate this book in one sentence it is: Hope is an expectation greater than zero of achieving a valued goal. In other words, it is difficult to not find a reason to have hope.)

Books for Children (and adults)

  • George, K. Jane. Playing with the Angels: Stories of Possibilities for Grieving Children. Ancaster: Purple Scarf Press, 2010.
  • Munsch, Robert. Love You Forever.  Willowdale: Firefly Books Ltd., 1986.
  • Munsch, Robert. Lighthouse – A Story of Remembrance. Markham: Scholastic Canada Inc., 2003.
  • Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree. New YorkHarpers Collins Publishers, 1964.
  • White, E.B. Charlotte’s Webb: Harper & Brothers, 1952.
  • Williams, Margery. The Velveteen Rabbit: George H. Doran Company, 1922.



Thank you to readers who have sent in additional resources.

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