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References of Interest 


These references were prepared for the Concsicious Transitions: Living with Dying workshop in Denver, Colorado, Aug. 20-21, 2016.  

Click on the title link to access an organization’s website or book reference.  Click on download to read the articles.




  • ​“Accommodation: When Communicating about End of Life Issues, It Matters How People Speak” by Nick Jehlen (download)

  • “In Search of a Good Death: Observations of Patients, Families and Providers” by Karen E. Steinhauser, et al., Annals of Internal Medicine (download)

  • “Why I Hope to Die at 75” by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, The Atlantic Monthly (download)

  • “How Doctors Die: Showing Other the Way” by Dan Gorenstein, The New York Times (download)

  • “Children’s Book List” from the National Home Funeral Alliance (download)





  • “No Regrets: Living with Dying” by Kitty Edwards, Natural Transitions Magazine (download)

  •  “Dignity Therapy: A Novel Psychotherapeutic Intervention for Patients Near the End of Life by Harvey Max         Chochinov, et al., Journal of Clinical Oncology (download)

  • “Life Review: Implementation, Theory, Research, and Therapy by David Haber, International Journal of Aging and   Human Development (download)

  • “Life Review in Critical Care: Possibilities at the End of Life” by Mimi Jenko et. al., Critical Care Nurse (download)

  • “Wild Darkness” by Eva Saulitis, Orion Magazine (download)

  • “What it Means to ‘Hold Space’ for People. Plus Eight Tips on How to Do it Well” by Heather Plett, blog (download)

  • “10 Tips for Vigiling” by Megory Anderson, blog (download)

  • “Therapeutic Essential Oils for the Dying the Their Caretakers” by Disa Van Orman, blog (download)

  • “How to Write an Ethical Will: A Love Letter to the Future” by Susan R. Donlan, The Huffington Post  (download)





  • ​“Death as a Rite of Passage” by Kitty Edwards , Natural Transitions Magazine (download)

  • “Aya Despacho: A Prayer Package for the Deady” by Kitty Edwards,Natural Transitions Magazine (download)

  • “As Death Draws Near, Permission to Die” by Kellie Kintz,  et al, blog (download)



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