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Conscious Transitions: Living with Dying

References of Interest 


These references were prepared for the Conscious Transitions: Living with Dying workshop in Boulder, Colorado,  August, 2019.  

Click on the links below  to access an organization’s website or book reference.  Click on (download) to read or save the articles.




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

  • “Dying is a Transition” by Monika Renz, et al. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative 

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

  • “How to Make Doctors Think About Death” by Theresa Brown, The New York Times (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, Atlantic Monthly (download)

  • “Your Professional Decline is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think,” by Arthur C. Brooks, 
    Atlantic Monthly (download)





  • Don’t Tell Me When I am Going To Die,” by BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger, New York Times (download)

  • Five Precepts,” by Frank Ostaseski, The Metta Institute (download)

  • “Grief and Loss as Alzheimer’s Progresses,” Alzheimer’s Association (download)

  • “How Cancer Changes Hope,” by Kate Bowler, New York Times (download)

  • “In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window” by Rachel Clarke, New York Times (download)

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

  •  “We Fear Dying, But What If Dying Isn’t as Bad as We Think? The Guardian (download)





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

  • “Death as a Rite of Passage” 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)

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

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

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

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




  • ​“10 Tips for Vigiling” by Megory Anderson, Sacred Dying Foundation (download)

  • “An Integrative Review of Scientific Evidence for Reconnective Healing,” by Ann L. Baldwin and 
    Natalie L. Trent, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (download)

  • “Healing, Spirituality and Integrative Medicine,” by David M. Steinhorn, Jana Din, and Angela 
    Johnson, Annals of Palliative Medicine (download)

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


Step into Ceremony


  • “11 Ways Rituals Help Us Celebrate Our Lives,” by Abigail Brenner, Psychology Today  (download)

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

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

  • “Why Rituals Work,” by Francesca Gino and Michael I. Norton, Scientific American (download)

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