I’ll compile resources I come across in my exploration of the modern death care movement here. If you have something you recommend please pass it along and feel free to ask any questions, I will do my best to direct you to the appropriate resource. Thanks and enjoy your journey.

“Hope is not a plan.”

“Death is not a medical emergency.”

Death Doula Jane‘s TED Talk: What I learned about life from death 

Virtual Death Doula

Minnesota Death Collaborative

Going with Grace

A Thousand Hands

Inspired Journeys

Death Care Education:

The Order of The Good Death

A Sacred Passing

Art of Death Midwifery from Sacred Crossings

The Center for Sacred Death Care

Going with Grace


100 Things, a chapter from Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject

Consider the Conversation

Death Positive and Green Funeral Homes, Burial Grounds and Resources:

Sacred Crossings (Funeral home in Los Angeles area)

Herland Forest (Natural Burial Forest in Wahkiacus, Washington)

Recompose (Natural Organic Reduction (human composting) service in Seattle, WA; as of 2023 legal in WA, CO, OR, CA, NY & VT – legalization tracker here)

The Natural Funeral (CO funeral home that does NOR)

Home Funeral Resources

Home Funeral Alliance

Aquamation Resources

Bradshaw Funeral Home (Stillwater, MN)

VSED (Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking):

VSED Reading List

Planning Resources:

Free Death File Checklist from Sacred Crossings

Advanced Death Care Directive from Sacred Crossings ($10)


Virtual Living Funeral Ceremony


Listening Line from A Sacred Passing – you can call and chat with a trained listener, or become a trained listener!

Grief and Death Anxiety Support from the Virtual Death Doula Network (15 minutes free and then sliding scale)

Being With Grief

Modern Loss – Blog

What’s Your Grief? Online resources

Refuge in Grief, from the author of “It’s OK That You’re Not OK”

The Center for Loss & Life Transition, from Dr. Alan Wolfelt

Books for Grieving a Spouse from Allina

Allina’s grief support group resources


What if we treated death like birth? By Jane Whitlock

“Good Death” Podcast from Terrible, Thanks for Asking regarding Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD)

Swedish Death Cleaning:

Swedish Death Cleaning on ITV

Books (largely compiled by Janet Brown of the MN Death Collaborative):

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

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death by Joan

A Beginners Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death by BJ Miller, MD and Shoshana Berger

Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying By Mirabai Bush and Ram Dass

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler

Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul by Stephen Jenkinson

An Energy Healer’s Book of Dying: For Caregivers and Those in Transition by Suzanne Worthley

Accompanying the Dying: Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom for End-Of-Life Doulas and Health Care Advocates by Deanna Cochran

At the Bedside: An end-of-life guidebook for clinicians, caregivers, volunteers, friends and family
members who provide comfort and care to those who are dying by Gabrielle Elise Jimenez

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Choosing to Die: A Personal Stoy by Phyllis Shacter

Greening Death: Reclaiming Burial Practices and Restoring Our Tie to The Earth by Suzanne

Heartwood: The Art of Living with the End in Mind by Barbara Becker

Holding Space: On Loving, Dying and Letting Go By Amy Wright Glenn

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler

LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional
Practice by Kimberly D. Acquaviva

Love and Fear: Stories from a Hospice Chaplain by Renshin Bunce

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

Preparing for a Better End: Expert Lessons on Death and Dying for You and Your Loved Ones by Dan Morhaim and Shelley Morhaim

Re-Imagining the End of Life: Self-Development & Reflective Practices for Nurse Coaches by Janet Booth

Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life by Megory Anderson

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death by

Annie Kagan and Dr. Raymond Moody MD PhD

The American Way of Death Revisited by Jessica Mitford

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett: A Novel by Annie Lyons, Nicolette McKenzie, et al

The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom by LS DugdaleWalking Each Other Home: Conversations on

Loving and Dying By Mirabai Bush and Ram Dass

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese

Children’s Books:

Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved