Resource List, Books, and Links

Products for biodegradable coffins, cremations urns, etc. for list of wildflowers to scatter that are native to our climate and USDA Zone.

Videos To Watch

Conversations Beyond Proof of Heaven, DVD with Dr.  Eben Alexander, MD and Dr.  Raymond Moody, MD.

In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye,  DVD by Heidi Boucher

The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman, DVD by Nancy Jewel Poer

Going Home, DVD by Ram Dass, PhD

Articles In the Recent News

“Green Burials: At the End of Life, Thinking Outside the Coffin” by Wendy MacNaughton, The New York Times, Nov 15, 2018.

“Great News For the Dead: The Funeral Industry is Being Disrupted, Changing Social Norms, Competition and Technology are Shaking Up a Stodgy and Exploitive Business” The Economist, April 14, 2018

“Green Burials Catch On In the U.S.” by Steven P. Johnson. The Huffington Post, May 11, 2013.

“Green Death: Four Better Burials” by Emily Malter. Sierra Club newsletter, October 31, 2016.

“How To Be Environmentally Conscious After Death” by Christine Coester, The Sierra Club magazine, Jan 1, 2016.

“The Last Thing You’ll Ever Recycle” by John Koten,  The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2013.

Books To Read

The Bridge Over the River by Joseph Wetzl

Caring For The Dead by Lisa Carlson

Caring For Your Own Dead by Lisa Carlson

Closer To the Light by Melvin Morse

The Courage To Grieve by Judy Tatelbaum

Death: The Final Stage of Growth by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. Also by Kubler-Ross:
On Children and Death
Questions and Answers On Death and Dying
The Wheel of Life
Work It Through: A Workshop on Life, Death and Transition

Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences by Jeffrey Long MD and Paul Perry

The Grief Recovery Handbook by James W. James and Russell Friedman

Facing Death and Finding Hope by Christine Longaker

Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death by Josh Slocum and Lisa Carlson

Funeral Consumer’s Last Rights edited by Consumer Reports

A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine. Also by Levine:
Healing Into Life and Death
Who Dies: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying
A Year To Live: How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last

Getting Through the Night by Eugenia Price

Grief: Wisdom From the Sages by Barbara R. Wise

Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial by Mark Harris

The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need To Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial by Elizabeth Fournier (2018)

How To Survive the Loss of a Loved One by Melva Colgrove, Bloomfield and McWilliams

In the Center of the Night by Jayne Blankenship

The Journey Continues: Finding a New Relationship To Death by Gilbert and Sylvia Childs

Keys To Dealing With the Loss of a Loved One by Mary K. Kour

Learning To Live Again by Sue Carpenter et. al.

Glimpses of Eternity: Sharing a Loved One’s Passage From This Life To the Next  by Raymond Moody, MD.  Also other books and films by Dr.  Moody.

Light Beyond the Darkness by Dore Deverell

Living With Dying by David Carroll

Living With Grief after Sudden Loss—Suicide, Homicide, Accident, Heart Attack, Stroke edited by Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D.

A Message of Hope by Patricia Harnest-Overley

A Mother’s Final Gift by Joyce Vissell and Barry Vissell MD

Natural Transitions magazine

One Step At A Time: Mourning A Child by Betty Madill

Our Relationship with Those Who Have Died by Rev. Hermann Heisler

Silent Grief by Christopher Luke and Henry M. Deident

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying by Ram Dass.

Staying Connected by Rudolf Steiner. Also,
The Dead Are Among Us and numerous lectures

Summary of References on Mercury Emissions from Crematoria September 25, 2012, Prepared by John Reindl P.E. Retired from Dane County Department of Public Works, Madison, Wisconsin. Recent email:

Threshold Work: A Journal of Spiritual and Practical Deathcare for Family and Community by Nancy Jewel Poer

Though You Die Stanley Drake

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story by Mary C. Neal MD

The Uprising In Dying editd by Christy Barnes and Janet Hutchinson

Walking Each Other Home: Conversations On Loving and Dying by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush (2018)

What Will Help Me? How Can I Help by James E. Miller

Why Me?   Coping With Grief, Loss and Change by Pesach Krauss and Marrie Goldfisher

Widow by Lynn Caine

Home Funeral Resources

Funeral Consumers Alliance — A non-profit organization for protecting the consumer to choose how their own funerals are carried out, whether in the home or a funeral institution.

National Home Funeral Alliance — Extensive information for planning home funerals.

Death Doulas

See for a list of trained doulas in your area.