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The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
 Nina Riggs

An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with “death in the room,” from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air

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When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi

This inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the
question What makes a life worth living?

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Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life
Claire Willis

As we age and move toward dying, Lasting Words offers us ways to leave some lasting words so that we are able to close our life with more peace, coherence and meaning.

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Bearing the Unbearable
Joanne Cacciatore

Organized into fifty-two short chapters, Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity.

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Being Mortal
Atul Gawande

Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune/ this book is riveting, honest, and humane. Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end. Criticsl questions are posed to help us think about what we need.

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The Best Care Possible
Ira Byock

Dr. Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country, argues that how we die represents a national crisis today. The Best Care Possible is a compelling meditation on medicine and ethics told through page-turning life-or death medical drama. It has the power to lead a new national conversation.

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Being With Dying
Joan Halifax

The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again. This book affirms our capacity to open and contact to our inner strength and shows us how we can help others who are suffering do the same.

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Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path at the End of Life
Jessia Zitter

Extreme Measures charts Zitter’s journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another—a doctor who prioritizes the patient’s values and preferences in an environment where the default choice is the extreme use of technology In her work Zitter has learned what patients fear more than death itself: the prospect of dying badly. She builds bridges between patients and caregivers, formulates plans to allay patients’ pain and anxiety, and enlists the support of loved ones so that life can end well, even beautifully.


Oliver Sacks

During the last few months of his life, he wrote a set of essays in which he movingly explored his feelings about completing a life and coming to terms with his own death. “It is the fate of every human being,” Sacks writes, “to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.” Together, these four essays form an ode to the uniqueness of each human being and to gratitude for the gift of life.


Knocking on Heaven’s Door
Kate Butler

Part memoir, part medical history, and part spiritual guide, Knocking on Heaven's Door is a map through the labyrinth of a broken medical system. Its provocative thesis is that technological medicine, obsessed with maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents. It also chronicles the rise of Slow Medicine, a movement bent on reclaiming the "Good Deaths" our ancestors prized. In families, hospitals, and the public sphere, this visionary memoir is inspiring passionate conversations about lighting the path to a better way of death.

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Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life Limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connectedness.
Susan Bauer-Wu

The author show us ways to navigate our mind with mindfulness and acceptance in the face of life threatening illness. It is a comforting guide offering compassion practices that help one embrace the present moment, and deepen connections with friends and family.

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Awake at the bedside: Contemplative teachings on Palliative and end of life care
Koshin Paley Ellison and Matt Weingast

This book is about what life has to teach us – about caring and what giving care really means. Chapters by doctors, chaplains, caregivers and poets offer wisdom
that challenge, uplifts, comforts and change the way we think about death.

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End of Your Life Book Club
Will Schwalbe

A profoundly moving memoir of care giving, mourning, and love. The End of Your Life Book Club is also about the joy of reading, and the ways that joy is multiplied when we share it with others.

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The Places that Scare You
Pema Chodron

We always have a choice, Pema Chodron teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Here Pema provides the tools to deal with the
problems and difficulties that life throws our way.

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The Conversation
Angelo Volandes

Through the stories of seven patients and seven very different end of life experiences, Volandes shows us how advanced technology is not what we most need but instead The Conversation – the most important one we might ever have.

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Deathbed Wisdom of the Hasidic Masters
The Book of Departure & Caring for People at End of Life

Rabbi Joel H Baron and Dr. Arthur Green

This book is a compilation of rebbe’s stories written by their students toward the close of their life. It is filled with heart touching deathbed tales which shed light on
Jewish traditions about death, the afterlife and how to care for people in their final days.

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

This internationally bestselling spiritual classic is an introduction to Tibetan wisdom. It is an inspiring and comforting manual for life and death.

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How We Die; Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter
Sherwin Nuland

This has become the definitive text on death. It examines the current state of healthcare and our relationship with life as it approaches the end. It offers way to take control of our own final days and those of our loved ones.