Practical TO DO!

About decision making and decisions you need to make –

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You, Jerome Groopman, MD 2012  Each of us has a highly individual medical perspective.  How to arrive at the choices that serve you best.

Guide to the Great Beyond:A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically,Legally and Emotionally for the End of Life  Jane Brody 2009  Random House   By the well known New York Times health writer this comprehensive  book offers a thoughtful science-based road map for putting things in order at the end of life.

Good to Go:A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life Jo Myers 2010  Similar data in a more casual format.


About funeral planning and green burial –

A Good Goodbye:Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, Gail Rubin  2010

Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial, Mark Harris 2007

I Died Laughing:Funeral Education with a Light Touch, Lisa Carlson 2001




A Family Undertaking  Explores the growing home funeral movement by following several families in their most intimate moments as they reclaim the end of life, forgoing a typical mortuary funeral to care for their loved ones at home. Far from being a radical innovation, keeping funeral rites in the family or among friends is exactly how death was handled for most of pre-20th century America.


DEPARTURES – a beautiful (and sometimes funny) film.    Academy Award Winner – Best Foreign Film  Director Yojiro Takita and writer Kundo Koyama examine the rituals surrounding death in Japan with this tale of an out-of-work cellist who accepts a job as a “encoffineer.”