Here are some of the books that we recommend.  We have some of them in stock; please contact us to check availability and to order books.

Healing into Dying

  • Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Family  (Scribner, 2014)
  • Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Death: The Final Stage of Growth (Touchstone, 1997)
  • Mhalette and Carmella B’Hahn, Benjaya’s Gifts: An Astonishing True Life Drama Highlighting the Unlimited Power of the Spirit (Hazelwood Press, 1996)   (a true, inspirational account of loss)
  • Carmella B’Hahn, Mourning Has Broken: Learning from the Wisdom of Adversity (Crucible, 2002) (help in bereavement)
  • Stephen Levine, A Year to Live (Crown Publications,1997)
  • Megory Anderson, Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life (Marlowe & Co, 2003)(being with the dying - true accounts)
  • Iona Heath,  Matters of Life and Death: Key Writings  (Radcliffe Publishing, 2007)(a doctor's view)
  • Phyllida Anam-Aire,  A Celtic Book of Dying: Watching with the Dying, Travelling with the Dead (Findhorn Press Ltd, 2005)  (letting go/being with the dying)
  • Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick, The Art of Dying  (Continuum, 2008)
  • Jan Hatanaka, The Choice: Finding Life in the Face of Adversity - Six Stories from a Therapist's Casebook (BPS Books, 2011)
  • Christopher Day, (My) Dying is Fun: A Comedy of Disabled Misadventures  (Trafford Publishing, 2007)
  • Jonathan Stedall, Where on Earth is Heaven? (Hawthorn Press, 2009) (a book of spiritual exploration – see particularly the chapter on dying and becoming)
  • Ram Dass, Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying (Riverhead Books, 2001)
  • Anya Foos-Graber, Deathing: An Intelligent Alternative for the Final Moments in Life (Sri Sathya Sai Towers Pvt Ltd, 1990)
  • Marie De Hennezel, Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us to Live (Little, Brown, 1997), re-titled Seize the Day (Macmillan, 2012)
  • Felicity Warner, A Safe Journey Home: A Simple Guide to Achieving a Peaceful Death (Hay House UK, 2011)
  • Megan Young & Merrilyn Thomas, Wordsmith: The Gift of a Soul (Medlar Tree Publishing, 2013) 
  • Sally Cline, Lifting the Taboo: Women, Death and Dying (Abacus, 1996)
  • Margaret Hannah, Humanising Healthcare (International Futures Forum, 2014)
  • Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End (Wellcome Collection, 2014)
  • Satish Modi, In Love with Death: How Do We Live Our Life With Meaning? (Birlinn, 2014)
Funeral Choice
  • Stephanie Wienrich and Josefine Speyer, The Natural Death Handbook (Rider, 2003) (help and advice on all aspects of death and dying in depth), and more recently The Natural Death Handbook 5 (2012), obtainable from the Natural Death Centre (this includes all the latest information and some superb essays)
  • Barry Albin Dyer, Don’t Drop the Coffin!: Memoirs of an Undertaker (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2003)
  • Barry Albin Dyer, Final Departures  (Hodder & Stoughton, 2004) (death traditions from around the world encountered by Barry)
  • Julia Hailes, The New Green Consumer Guide (Simon & Schuster, 2007) (a section on Green burials)
  • Sue Gill and John Fox, The Dead Good Funerals Book (Engineers of the Imagination, 1996) (help and advice in depth)
  • Jean Francis, Time to Go: Practical Celebrations for the Final Milestone  (iUniverse, Inc, 2004) (alternative funerals)
  • Jean Francis, Finishing Touches: 60+ Ways to Enrich a Funeral (The Milestone Publishing Company, 2011)
  • Jean Francis, Ashes and Memorials: 60+ Ways to be Remembered (2014) available from
  • Jane Morrell and Simon Smith, We Need to Talk About the Funeral: 101 Practical Ways to Commemorate and Celebrate a Life (Alphabet & Image Ltd, 2006) (a general introduction, full of easily accessible information)
  • Charles Cowling, The Good Funeral Guide, (Continuum, 2010)
  • Tony Walter, Funerals and How to Improve Them (Hodder & Stoughton Religious, 1990)
  • Sheila Hancock, The Two of Us: My Life with John Thaw (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005
  • Gloria Hunniford, Always with You: Facing Life After Loss  (Hodder Paperbacks, 2009)
  • Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking (Harper Perennial, 2006) (the death of her husband and daughter, told with great honesty)
  • Dorothy S. Becvar, In the Presence of Grief: Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying and Bereavement Issues  (Guilford Press, 2003)
  • James Van Praagh, Healing Grief: Reclaiming Life after Any Loss (Piatkus,2011) (a spiritual view of grief)
  • Gillie Bolton (Ed.), Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007) (a series of essays illustrating palliative care)
  • Louis LaGrand, Love Lives On: Learning from the Extraordinary Encounters of the Bereaved (Berkley Publishing, 2006)
  • Frances Banks, Frontiers of Revelation: An Empirical Study in the Psychology of Psychic and Spiritual Experience (Parrish, 1962)
  • Jim Crace, Being Dead (Picador, 2013) (looking at how a body returns to the earth) 

Books for Young Adults

  • Jamie Oliver, Get Dead - You've Got to Laugh  (The Friday Project Limited, 2006) (also highly suitable for older children - facts, figures and interviews concerning death)
Children's Books
  • Susan Varley, Badger’s Parting Gifts (Magi Publications, 1997) (for young children)
  • Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit (Heritage, 2012) (for young children)
  • Judith Kerr, Goodbye Mog (HarperCollins, 2003) (for young children)
  • Doris Stickney, Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children (The Pilgrim Press, 2004)
  • Janine Amos, Death (Separations) (Cherrytree Books, 2007) (for slightly older children)
  • Michael Rosen, Sad Book (Walker, 2011) (suitable for all)
  • Dick Bruna, Dear Grandma Bunny (Ted Smart, 2006)
  • Trevor Romain, What On Earth Do You Do When Somebody Dies? (ReadHowYouWant, 2012)

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

There is a comprehensive booklist in The Natural Death Handbook 5; and The Natural Death Centre also publishes an excellent e-magazine, more to death.