Reading List

Recent Additions:

Brackey, Jolene. Creating Moments of Joy: A Journal for Caregivers, Fourth Edition. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue Univ Press, 2008

Sheehey, Gail. Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence. NY: Wm. Morrow, 2010

Whittlesey Whiteside, Holly. The Caregiver’s Compass: How to Navigate with Balance & Effectiveness Using Mindful Caregiving. CreateSpace, 2009


This comprehensive list is taken from our book The Caregiver Revolution. Here you’ll find many excellent books that span a variety of different subjects – spiritual caregiving, death and dying, exercise for the elderly, philosophy,  spirituality, activity therapy, any subject related to the caregiver’s quest. We will soon be linking these to

Ademac,C. The Unofficial Guide to Eldercare. New York: Macmillan General Reference USA, 1999.

Ahronheim, Judith and Weber, Doron. Final Passages: Positive Choices for the Dying and Their Loved Ones. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Anandarajah,Gowri, M.D., and Hight, Ellen M.D., M.P.H, Spirituality and Medical Practice: Using the HOPE Questions as a Practical Tool for Spiritual Assessment. Am Fam Physician. 2001 Jan 1;63(1):81-89

Angelo, Jack. Hands-on Healing: A Practical Guide to Channeling Your Healing Energies. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 1997.

Aries, Philip. The Hour of Our Death. New York: Oxford Press, 1981.

Barg, Gary, ed., The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still have a Life of Your Own. Sterling, VA: Capital Books, 2001.

Bell, Karen Whitley. Living at the End of Life. New York: Sterling Publishing, 2010.

Benson, Herbert. The Relaxation Response. New York: Avon Books, 1975.

Berman, Clair. Caring for Yourself while Caring for your Aging Parents: How to Help, How to Survive. New York: Henry Holt, 1996.

Berzoff, Joan, Silverman Phyllis R. Living with Dying: A Handbook for End-of-Life Healthcare Practitioners. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Blackman, Sushila. Graceful Exits; How Great Beings Die. Boston: Shambhala, 1997.

Blair, Steven, et al. Active Living Every Day. Champagne, IL: Human Kinetics, 2001.

Boerstler, Ph.D., Richard W. and Hulen S. Kornfeld, R.N. Life to Death: Harmonizing the Transition: A Holistic and Meditative Approach for Caregivers and the Dying. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 1997.

Bonifonte, Philip. Tai Chi for Seniors. Franklin Lakes, NJ: The Career Press, 2004.

Brandt, Avrene. Caregivers Reprieve: A Guide to Emotional Survival When You’re Caring for Someone You Love. San Luis Obispo, CA: Impact Publishers, 1998.

Byock, Ira. Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life. New York: Riverhead Books, 1997.

Callanan, Maggie and Kelley, Patricia. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying. New York: Poseidon Press, 1992.

Cason, Ann. Circles of Care : How to Set Up Quality Home Care for our Elders. Boston: Shambhala, 2001.

Choki Nyima Rinpoche and Shlim, David R. Medicine & Compassion; A Tibetan Lama’s Guidance for Caregivers. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2006.

Chopra, Deepak. Life After Death; The Burden of Proof. New York: Three Rivers Press 2006.

Coberly, Margaret. Sacred Passage; How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying. Boulder: Shambala, 2002.

Corr, Charles A., & Donna M Nabe, Clyde. Death and Dying, Life and Living. Belmont, CA : Wadsworth, 2009.

Cochran, Patricia. Last Rights : Taking Care with Your Final Journey. Sterling, Va.: Capital Books, 2000.

Dalai Lama, Hopkins, Jeffrey. Advice on Dying and Living a Better Life. New York: Atria Books, 2002.

Davis, Martha; Robbins-Eshelman, Elizabeth, and MacKay, Matthew. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2008.

Davis, Susan. After I’m Gone. New York: Gotham Books, 2009.

Doka, Kenneth J. Living with Life-Threatening Illness: A Guide for Patients, Their Families, and Caregivers. New York: Lexington, 1993.

Dossey, Larry. Prayer is Good Medicine. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1996.

Driver, Tom. The Magic of Ritual. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1992.

Elias, Norbvert. The Loneliness of the Dying. New York: Basil Blackwell, 1985.

Easwaren, Eknath. Passage Meditation: Bringing the Deep Wisdom of the Heart into Daily Life. Berkeley, CA: Blue Mountain Center, 2008.

Epstein, Mark. Going on Being. NY: Broadway Books, 2001.

Foos Graber, Anya. Deathing; An Intelligent Alternative for the Final Moments of Life. New York: Nicolas-Hays Inc.(Samuel Weiser), 1989.

Freemantle, Francesca. Luminous Emptiness; Understanding the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Boulder, CO : Shambala Publishers, 2003.

Freemantle, Francesca, Trungpa, Chogyam, trans. The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Boston : Shambhala, 2000.

Freke, Timothy.  In the Light of Death : Spiritual Insight to Help You Live with Death and Bereavement. Hauppage, N.Y: Barron’s, 2002.

Furman, Joan and McNabb, David. The Dying Time; Practical Wisdom for the Dying and Their Caregivers. New York: Bell Tower Press, 1997.

Garland, Jeff and Christina. Life Review in Health and Social Care: A Practitioner’s Guide. Philadelphia: Taylor and Francis, 2005.

Gleckman, Howard. Why $75-a-day Matters to Caregivers. Kaiser Health News December 2009 (

Godfrey, Charles MD. and Feldman, Michael. The Ageless Exercise Plan; A Complete Guide to Fitness After Fifty. New York: McGraw Hill 1984.

Gold, E.J. The American Book of the Dead. Nevada City, CA: Gateways Press, 1993.

Gold, E.J. Angels Healing Journey. Nevada City, CA: Gateways Press, 1997.

Grof, Stanislav. Books of the Dead; Manuals for Living and Dying. London: Thames and Hudson, 1994.

Grof , Stanislav and Christine. Beyond Death; The Gates of Consciousness. London: Thames and Hudson, 1980.

Grollman, Ira Concerning Death: A Practical Guide for the Living. Boston: Beacon Press, 1974.

Halifax, Joan. Being With Dying; Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. Boston: Shambhala, 2008.

Hennezel, Marie de. Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us How to Live. New York: Random House, 1998.

Hickman, Tom. Death; A Users Guide. New York: Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2002.

Horne, Jo. Caregiving: Helping an Aging Loved One. New York: Washington, DC, 1986.

Jahnke, Roger. The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body’s Own Medicine. New York: Harper One, 1998.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living. New York: Dell Publishing, 1990.

Kaminsky, Marc. Uses of Reminiscence: New Ways of Working With Older Adults. London: Routledge, 1984.

Kessler, David. The Needs of the Dying; A Guide to Bringing Hope, Comfort and Love to Life’s Final Chapter. San Francisco: Harper, 2000.

Klein, Allen. The Healing Power of Humor: Techniques for Getting through Loss, Setbacks, Upsets, Disappointments, Difficulties, Trials, Tribulations, and all that Not-so-Funny Stuff. Los Angeles: J.P. Tarcher, 1989.

Koenig, Harold M.D. Spirituality in Patient Care; Why, How, When, and What. New York: Templeton Foundation Press, 2003.

Kornfield, Jack. A Path with Heart; A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. New York: Bantam 1993.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Death and Dying. New York: Macmillan, 1969.

Kubler-Ross. On Life After Death. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2008.

Kuhl, David, M.D. What Dying People Want; Practical Wisdom for the End of Life. New York: PublicAffairs, 2002.

Leith, Larry M. Exercising Your Way to Better Mental Health. Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology, 1998.

Levine, Stephen and Ondrea. Who Dies? New York: Anchor Books, 1989.

Longaker Christine. Facing Death and Finding Hope. New York: Broadway Books Doubleday/Random House, 1997.

Loverde, Joy. Complete Eldercare Planner: Where to Start, Which Questions to Ask, and How to Find Help. New York: Times Books, 2000.

Lynn, Joanne and Harrold, Joan. Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. New York: Oxford 1999.

MacLean, Helene. Caring for your Parents. Garden City, NY: Dolphin, 1987.

Mitford, Jessica. The American Way of Death. New York: Random House, 2000.

Nissenboim Sylvia, Vroman, Christine. The Positive Interactions Program of Activities for People with Alzheimers Disease; 92 Step by Step Activities Health Baltimore: Professions Press, 2000.

Nuland, Serwin B. How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

O’Brien, Maryellen. Living Well & Dying Well: A Sacramental View of Life and Death. Franklin, WI: Sheed and Ward, 2001.

O’Dell, Carol. Mothering Mother: A Daughter’s Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir, Kunati Press, 2007

Olshevski, Katz, Knight. Stress Reduction for Caregivers. Ann Arbor, MI: Braun-Brumfield, 1999.

Perry, Angela. The AMA Guide to Home Caregiving. New York: Wiley and Sons, 2001.

Quill, Timothy. Caring for Patients at the End of Life; Facing and Uncertain Future Together. London: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Quill, Timothy. A Midwife Through the Dying Process. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1996.

Richards Larry. Death and a Caring Community. Oregon: Multnomah Press, 1980.

Richards, Martha. Caresharing: A Reciprocal Approach to Caregiving and Care Receiving in the Complexities of Aging Illness or Disablility. Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2009.

Rinpoche, Sogyal. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. San Francisco, California: Harper, 1992.

Samples, Pat. Daily Comforts for Caregivers. Minneapolis, Minn.: Fairview Press, 1999.

Singh, Kathleen. Dowling, Ph.D. The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.

Singh. Dying As A Spiritual Event in

Smith, Douglas C. Caregiving : Hospice-Proven Techniques for Healing Body and Soul. New York, NY: Macmillan USA, 1997.

Smith, Rodney B. Lessons from the Dying. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 1998.

Staume, David. The Beginners Guide for the Recently Deceased; A Comprehensive Travel Guide to the Only Inevitable Destination. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 2004.

Stone, Ganga. Start the Conversation: The Book About Death You Were Hoping to Find. New York: Warner Books, 1997.

Thurman, Robert trans. The Tibetan Book of the Dead. New York: Bantam, 1994.

Tisserand, Robert B. The Art of Aromatherapy. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 1977.

Volkan, Vamik D. and Zintl, Elizabeth. Life After Loss: The Lessons of Grief. New York: Collier, 1994.

Weiss, Andrew. Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the Way of Awareness. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2004.

Witrogen Mcleod, Beth. Caregiving : The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal. New York: Wiley and Sons, 1999.

Yoder, Greg. Companioning the Dying: A Soulful Guide for Caregivers. Fort Collins: Companion Press, 2005.

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