There are many authors, videos, activists, organizations, and articles that I could recommend. Here are some of my very favorites. 


How Doctors Die 

What It’s Like to Have a Home Funeral 

Washing My Boy’s Body

How to Die Well According to a Palliative Care Doctor 

Videos & Movies

Dust in the Sky video by Iris Moore

In the Parlor documentary trailer  

RE:MEMBER documentary film about grief   

Corpses that Changed my Life Ted Talk 

Extremis on Netflix 


On Lauren’s Bookshelf

Die Wise by Stephen Jenkinson

Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert

Confessions of a Funeral Director by Caleb Wilde

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack

From Here to Eternity by Caitlyn Doughty

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Caring for the Dead by Lisa Carlson

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


A guide to caring for a body at home from the Home Funeral Alliance

The Order of the Good Death

Children’s books on death, grief, and loss

Indiana University Body Donation

Download your State’s Advance Care Directive

End of Life Document Checklist