Congregational Resource Guide: Mental Health Ministry Resources
by Carole J. Wills
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Indianapolis
Faith Communities Education Project
Annotated list of resources about mental health ministries, divided into those for faith communities, pastoral caregivers and the general public—including a list of organizations and contact information.
Comprehensive materials to assist in establishing an ongoing grief recovery program at several levels of church ministry.
How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife
edited by Christopher Jay Johnson and Marsha G. McGee
Charles Press Publishers, 1998
Objective and concise comparative overview of the teachings and end of life beliefs of the largest and fastest-growing religions in North America. A resource for theologians, health care professionals, clergy and chaplains of all religious traditions, teachers and students of comparative religion and end of life, social workers, grief and pastoral counselors and funeral directors.
Pathways to Promise
Interfaith technical assistance and resource center offering liturgical and educational materials, program models and networking information to promote a caring ministry with people with mental illness and their families.
The Sacred Art of Dying: How World Religions Understand Death
by Kenneth Kramer
Paulist Press, 1988
Examines how each of the major religions looks at end of life through stories, teachings and rituals that present a comparative religious meaning of death and afterlife. Includes journal exercises at the end of each chapter.
Sacred Dying Foundation:
The Foundation's Sacred Dying Vigil Program trains and supports volunteers in congregations, hospices and nursing homes to hold vigil with people facing the end of life and their loved ones. The Foundation is committed to changing how society approaches death through information, training, resources, counsel, speaking engagements, conferences and workshops with congregations, hospices and medical centers.
Transition Rituals: A Faith-by-Faith Guide to Rites for the Deceased
Includes basic, brief descriptions about beliefs about end of life, funeral practices and grieving and mourning rituals of major world religions. Available at
Walking the Mourner’s Path
Christian bereavement training and grief support program offering an eight-week program with a workbook to help grieving people learn ways to honor their deceased loved ones and seek spiritual direction.