Death and Grieving

We all do it, so we may as well do it with intention, compassion, and care for those around us. These books point the way to demystifying death and helping us thoughtfully prepare for the end of our lives and grieve the loss of those we love.

Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

by Sallie Tisdale Author

One of the few certainties in life is, well, death. And wow are there a lot of practical details and logistical …

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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

by Caitlin Doughty Author

Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care …

$24.95

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande Author

A surprisingly affirming and hopeful book about what it's like to die under capitalism. Gawande draws on his …

$17.00

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Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death

by Caitlin Doughty Author and Dianné Ruz Illustrator

A blend of hard hitting facts and humorous lore, this mortician answers all the questions you've ever had and more, …

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Death of You: A Book for Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever

Death of You: A Book for Anyone Who Might Not Live Forever

by Miguel Chen Author

You might not think death pertains to you, but the shocking truth is...everybody dies! This book can help you deal with …

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The Day We Lost Pet

The Day We Lost Pet

by Chuck Young Author and Aniela Sobieski Illustrator

Part creation myth, part fairy tale, The Day We Lost Pet provides kids and their adults a unique, nonreligious way to …

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

by Caitlin Doughty Author

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty--a twenty-something with a degree in medieval …

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How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life

How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life

by James S. Romm Author and Seneca Author

The ancient Roman philosopher, Seneca (c.4BC-65 AD), studied death extensively. He wrote and posited about the subject …

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Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed

Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed

by Laurie Kilmartin Author

Comedian Patton Oswalt puts it well: "I’ve never read something so cynical that’s also so …

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Do I Have to Wear Black to a Funeral?: 112 Etiquette Guidelines for the New Rules of Death

Do I Have to Wear Black to a Funeral?: 112 Etiquette Guidelines for the New Rules of Death

by Florence Isaacs Author

This book answers every question a funeral goer might need answered, from what to give as a condolence gift to what to …

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A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

by BJ Miller Author and Shoshana Berger Author

“There is nothing wrong with you for dying,” hospice physician B.J. Miller and journalist and caregiver …

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Morbid Magic: Death Spirituality and Culture from Around the World

Morbid Magic: Death Spirituality and Culture from Around the World

by Tomas Prower Author

Death is one of the biggest mysteries left. What happens after we die and how should we (or shouldn't we) celebrate …

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With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

by Kathryn Mannix Author

Modern changes in the way we understand medicine and interact with the health care system have changed the way we …

$27.00

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Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying

Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying

by Mirabai Bush Author and Ram Dass Author

A gorgeous, illustrated book about coming to terms with death. We all die, and for most of us that's a …

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The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

by Thomas Lynch Author

Meditations on death by poet and small town funeral director Thomas Lynch. This unique collection of essays …

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The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care

The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care

by Anne Boyer Author

Right after her 41st birthday, poet Anne Boyer was diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer. In this harrowing memoir …

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Death and the Afterlife: A Chronological Journey, from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection

Death and the Afterlife: A Chronological Journey, from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection

by Clifford A. Pickover Author

Throughout history, the nature and mystery of death has captivated artists, scientists, philosophers, physicians, and …

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The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral

The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to a Backyard Funeral

by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic Author and George Ermos Illustrator

We don't want to think about the transition of something wonderful into something dead, yet most pets will make …

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Famous Last Words: Fond Farewells, Deathbed Diatribes, and Exclamations Upon Expiration

Famous Last Words: Fond Farewells, Deathbed Diatribes, and Exclamations Upon Expiration

by Ray Robinson Author

Learn about the last utterances of writers, philosophers, athletes, kings and queens, movie stars, politicians, and …

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The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses

The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses

by Paul Koudounaris Author

Modern photography mixed with historical images and representations of death through the eyes of the Paris catacombs as …

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The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End

The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End

by Harold Schechter Author

If you've ever found yourself in the weeds of a macabre Wikipedia spiral, clicking such links as "last …

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

by Michael Pollan Author

A combination of travel writing, memoir and science, Michael Pollan's newest book dives not into food, but into the …

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Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss

Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss

by Patrick O'Malley Author and Tim Madigan Author

When Patrick O'Malley lost his infant son, the grief took him full force and challenged everything he'd ever …

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Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.

Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome.

by Rebecca Soffer Author and Gabrielle Birkner Author

Grief is hard, but it's hardest when it feels like you're the only one. In this empathetic collection, read …

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Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss That Changes Everything

Resilient Grieving: Finding Strength and Embracing Life After a Loss That Changes Everything

by Lucy Hone, PhD Author

How do you grieve an inconceivable loss, but still go on to live your best life? Lucy Hone's book teaches us …

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Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief

Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief

by Cindy Milstein Author

"This intimate, moving, and timely collection of essays points the way to a world in which the burden of grief is …

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Cycletherapy: Grief and Healing on Two Wheels

Cycletherapy: Grief and Healing on Two Wheels

by Anika Ledlow Editor, Elly Blue Series Editor, Joe Biel Contributor, Anna Brones Contributor, Lauren Hage Contributor, Gretchin Lair Contributor and Amy Subach Contributor

Can you pedal your way through everything life throws at you?Taking on the bicycle as a means of making sense of life …

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Cats I've Known: On Love, Loss, and Being Graciously Ignored

Cats I've Known: On Love, Loss, and Being Graciously Ignored

by Katie Haegele Author

From deep friendships to brief encounters, this is the story of the cats in Katie Haegele's life, or rather the …

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White Elephants: Yard Sales, Relationships, and Finding What Was Missing

White Elephants: Yard Sales, Relationships, and Finding What Was Missing

by Katie Haegele Author

White elephants are the odd, old, and discarded things that end up at yard sales and flea markets—and Katie …

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Unfuck Your Grief: Using Science to Heal Yourself and Support Others

Unfuck Your Grief: Using Science to Heal Yourself and Support Others

by Faith G. Harper Author

When we lose someone or something close to us—a loved person or animal, a relationship, our health, …

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Sad House: Parenting, Grief, and Creativity in the Coronavirus Crisis

Sad House: Parenting, Grief, and Creativity in the Coronavirus Crisis

by Laura Stanfill Author

There’s no guidebook for parenting during a pandemic. Sheltering at home means being yourself in front of your …

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$25 Superpack: Good Grief

$25 Superpack: Good Grief

by Elly Blue Author, Katie Haegele Author, Faith G. Harper Author, Ben Holtzman Author, Anika Ledlow Author, 3 more

With this superpack, we're dialing down right into the hardest stuff. Grief, illness, torture, …

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