Being Mortal - Atul Gawanda
On Death & Dying - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
My Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter - Dr Sherwin B Nuland
NYTimes 'The End' - a series about end-of-life issues
The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America - Ann Neumann
Navigating the Journey of Grief - Melissa Parke Rousseau
What Really Matters at the End of Life - BJ Miller

Things to listen to

This American Life 'Death & Taxes' - Nancy Updike



  • Advance directive: includes a living will and specifies what procedures the person does and doesn't want to have happen at the end
  • Do not resuscitate order: tells health care professionals not to perform CPR if the person's heart or breathing stops and restarting would not result in a meaningful life.
  • Power of attorney / Health care proxy: a person, decided in advance by the patient, that can make healthcare decisions for the patient when they can no longer do so for themselves
  • Probate: a probate is a legal document. The receipt of the probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of the deceased person