Articles and Websites with ideas and resources on end of life subjects
If you are attracted to the materials on this page you will likely find the materials in our site and our book very useful and beneficial.
Heartfelt Memorial Services: Your Guide for Planning Meaningful Funerals, Celebrations of Life and Times of Remembrance. Our website and book are full of unique activities, materials and ceremonies of tribute and remembrance, well before, during and long after the death of a loved one. They are universally appealing and require no religious beliefs.

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Selfie Obituaries – Write it yourself so the media will get it right
USA Today March 2014

Wall Street Journal article about distributing your stuff. ‘Mom Promised it to me’  When is a will not enough?
Gail Rubin is an expert and counselor in the area of how we look at and plan for our end. She has a book, The Good Goodbye, a blog called The Family Plot, and A DVD planning guide on how we look at death and the many alternatives in how we honor and celebrate our loved ones and ourselves.   5 minute interview with Gail Rubin about Death Cafes From the UK, this site has a forum, a weekly online support group, and lots of links for those who have experience a brain tumor journey.

CanadianVirtualHospice.CA Provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators. For families and friends experiencing a health event. The site allows family members to communicate information to a wide circle of people. Posted daily journal entries and the guestbook enable visitors to send the family messages of love and encouragement. The Support Planner section is a calendar that helps family and friends coordinate care and organize helpful tasks, like bringing a meal, offering rides, taking care of pets and other needs. A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) that has provided more than 1.3 million advance directives to individuals free of charge.  – Center for Loss & Life Transition
Dr. Alan Wolfelt  has authored several books and presents at professional conferences around the world about how to support people through and after loss. The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of  professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities. – An initiative to change expectations for end-of-life with easy-to-access, simple-to-understand information and resources to make educated decisions about end-of-life care. – Compassion & Choices is the leading nonprofit organization committed to helping everyone have the best death possible. We offer free counseling, planning resources, referrals and guidance, and across the nation we work to protect and expand options at the end of life. – Advance planning and care resources for families and professionals – A resource for Funerals, Memorial Services, or Celebrations of Life, to help you cope with the funeral or memorial service planning. – A home funeral and green burial resource center “to foster the integration of dying and after-death care back into our family and community life.” – Independent discussion events around the world where participants share experiences, concerns, advice, fears and questions about death and dying. – The UK’s first one-stop shop for end of life planning that offers a free account with a set of planning tools that help sort your affairs so your family won’t have to do it for you. – A wide range of useful information, including materials and suggestions for being an officiant and a list of helpful websites. – Resources for pre-planning a funeral for yourself, making funeral arrangements for a loved one, or providing grief support to a friend.  – Information and resources from an alliance of organizations to raise awareness of ways of talking about and dealing with dying, death and bereavement  – David Kessler has authored several books and speaks regularly at conferences around the country. Several articles and topical videos are on the site. A large resource on grief and loss support and training for those connected to others who will are going through the grieving process. The site provides information about organ donation. There is also a place to post tributes for a lost loved one.  Resource to learn about funeral traditions and etiquette, with resources to help plan a funeral. A highly-respected group of experts provide the most comprehensive funeral information and experience on the web. A resource center for professionals.  “A Healing Place in CyberSpace” for grief and loss Information.  List of grief support groups and advice on topics such as loss and grieving, sharing condolence, writing an obituary, and eulogy etiquette for funerals and memorial services.  Support and resources after the death of a child, no matter their age or cause of death as well as resources for professionals.  This site is for creating a tribute that includes pictures, words and music. Family and friends can add their comments and pictures too. The site is based in the UK, but contributors can be anywhere in the world. The site also includes information and support sharing forums for grieving families and those planning for a loss. A long list of resources and links, especially for the U.K, and with universal advice and links will give you an idea of what to look for in your area. – Open to Hope Foundation
Drs. Heidi and Glori Horsley  founders
Audio interview with the Horsley’s with Beverly Molander as the host
Search Youtube for videoed interviews – This is a website from mortician, Caitlin Doughty, who is very helpful and hilarious at the same time. It is a bit irreverent, but she has lots of great information and I recommend that you view some of the videos on her website.   The Order of the Good Death was founded in January of 2011 by Caitlin, a mortician and writer living in Los Angeles, CA. Since then, the Order has expanded to include filmmakers, poets, musicians, artists, and writers exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality.  Resources about grief including loss of loved ones and pets. – A Los Angeles-based company offering ministerial services, education and guidance to families wishing to create green, cost-effective and deeply meaningful funerals at home.  – Promotes a healthy attitude towards the process of death by encouraging a meaningful experience that is in harmony with the environment. It includes services resources in the San Francisco Bay area – Partnering with Nation Public Radio, Story Corps encourages and facilitates people in sharing the important stories and reflective thoughts of their lives. The site provides many inspiring audio clips of the kind of conversations you can record with your loved ones and heroes .  Lists of questions to ask are also provided. – Houston Texas consultancy with a long list of links and lots of advice about making difficult end-of-life decisions

Heartfelt Memorial Services: Your Guide for Planning Meaningful Funerals, Celebrations of Life and Times of Remembrance.  Dave Savage and Beverly Molander