End-of-Life Care & Grief Counselling Education Resources

Buddhist Resources on death, dying, end of life care & grief counselling

Grief Counselling & End-of-Life Care in the Theravada Tradition – a video interview with Rev. Jeewananda Thero of Mahamenawa Buddhist Monastery, Markham, Ontario, 28 minutes

How to hold, process and experience growth with grief – a video interview with Ven. Bhante Kusala of the West End Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, 22 minutes

Healing from grief in the Japanese Zen Tradition, a video interview with Roshi Chodo Campbell of New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, 24 minutes

Grief Counselling in the Tibetan Tradition, a video interview with Lama Rinzin, 13 minutes.

For additional information about the books listed below: Click here for the file that lists the book publisher names and comments

Barbara Karnes, RNGone from My Sight (End of Life Guideline Series)
Bernhard, Toni 
How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers
Blackman, SushilaGraceful Exits: How Great Beings Die
Callanan, Maggie; Kelley, PatriciaFinal Gifts
Chagdud TulkuLife in Relation to Death
Chokyi Nyima RinpocheMedicine & Compassion
Dalai LamaAdvice on Dying
DeLeo, KirstenPresent Through the End: A Caring Companion’s Guide for Accompanying the Dying
Dzongsar Khyentse RinpocheLiving is Dying: How to Prepare for Death, Dying, and Beyond
Francesca FremantleLuminous Emptiness:  Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Gehlek RinpocheGood Life, Good Death
Glassman, BernieBearing Witness
Guy NewlandA Buddhist Grief Observed
Halifax, Joan RoshiBeing with Dying
Hoblitzelle, Olives AmesTen Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows
Holecek, AndrewPreparing to Die
Hookham, Shenpen LamaThere’s More to Dying Than Death: a Buddhist Perspective
Joan HalifaxStanding at the Edge
Koshin Paley Ellison and Matt Weingast (eds.)Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Levine, Stephen Who Dies?
Lief, JudithMaking Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality
Linda Hochstetler21 Days to Die
Longaker, ChristineFacing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying
Mannix, KathrynWith the End in Mind
Mingyur RinpocheIn Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey through the Bardos
Mullen, Glenn, trans. Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition
Ostataseki, FrankThe Five Invitations
Padmasambhava, commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, trans. by B. Alan WallaceNatural Liberation (out of print – but sometimes copies become available)
Padmasambhava; Gyurme Dorje, trans.The Tibetan Book of the Dead: First Complete Translation
Pema Chodron  Embracing the Unknown:  Life Lessons from the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Ponlop Rinpoche Mind beyond Death
Reynolds, John MyrdhinSelf-Liberation Through Seeing with Naked Awareness
Sogyal RinpocheThe Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Stephen LevineMeetings at the Edge:  Dialogues with the Grieving and the Dying, the Healed and the Healed
Stephen Levine

Sumanacears, Ashin
Unattended Sorrow

Meaningful Life, Fearless Death: Spiritual Insights on Death, Dying, Hospice Care and Grief Counseling
Thich Nhat HahnNo Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life
Thompson, EvanWaking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy
Thrangu RinpocheJourney of the Mind: Putting the Teachings on the Bardo into Effective Practice
Tiso, Francis V.Rainbow Body and Resurrection: Spiritual Attainment, the Dissolution of the Material Body, and the Case of Khenpo A Cho
Tulku ThondupPeaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth
Tulku Thondup  Boundless Healing

Other Resources and Items of Interest

adapted by Jean- Claude van Italie The Tibetan Book of the Dead for Reading Aloud
Anderson, LaurieHeart of a Dog
Anderson, Laurie Tenzin Choegyal Jesse Paris SmithSongs from the Bardo
Atul GawandeBeing Mortal
David Servan-Schreiber, M.D.Not the Last Goodbye
Ira Byock, M.D Dying Well
Ira Byock, M.D.The Four Things That Matter Most
Kathleen Dowling SinghThe Grace in Dying:  A Message of Hope, Comfort, and Spiritual Transformation
Kathy Kortes-MillerTalking About Death Won’t Kill You:  The essential guide to end-of-life conversations
Leary, TimothyThe Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Lorraine Hedtke and John WinsladeRe-membering Lives:  Conversations with the Dying and the Bereaved
Marie de HennezelIntimate Death:  How the Dying Teach Us to Live