Being a Compassionate Companion
from Zen Hospice
Audio series offering teachings, stories and practical wisdom for those accompanying someone facing the end of life—with information on preparing for death, serving the dying and grieving.
Being With Dying
by Joan Halifax
Sounds True, Inc., 1997
Learning course of six audio CDs on end of life concerns combines Eastern and Western psychology, philosophy and contemplative practices from many spiritual traditions. Teaches medical professionals, social workers, clergy, community activists and spiritual seekers a path for taking the fear out of the dying experience.
Being With Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
by Joan Halifax
Exploration based on several decades of contemplative work with dying people enumerates the challenges of being with those facing the end of life while exalting it as a school for unlearning the patterns of resistance.
Buddhist View on Death and Rebirth
by Thich Nguyen Tang
Essay covers end of life and its impermanence, grieving, karma, preparing for death, rebirth and nirvana.
Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook
by Tulku Thondup
Focusing on end of life, clarifies the interplay among karma, the six realms of existence and the many pure lands described in traditional Buddhist texts.
Reflections on Death
Includes a Buddhist hospice directory, information on caring for the dying and bereaved, funeral rites for the dead and articles on end of life concerns.
Spiritual Care Program
Demonstrates practical ways in which the Buddhist teachings benefit those facing illness or end of life, their families and caregivers. Offers a variety of trainings and services—including general public study groups, special seminars and workshops and volunteer projects in hospices in Europe and North America.
There's More to Dying Than Death: A Buddhist Perspective
by Lama Shenpen Hookham
Windhorse Publications, 2006
Addresses practical concerns about dying and the Buddhist practices and beliefs around the end of life process.
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
translated by Robert A.F. Thurman
Bantam Books, Inc., 1993
Describes the bardos—that is, the "betweens" or after-death transition states. Includes preliminary prayers, a helpful commentary and boldface portions to be read aloud in the presence of the dead.
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche
Provides an introduction to the practice of meditation, the nature of mind, karma and rebirth, compassionate love and care for those facing the end of life and the trials and rewards of the spiritual path.