Memoirs, journals, self-published pieces and more describing their individual experiences with loss and grief. Imagine the countless ways we can suffer from loss. Only a fraction of these have been touched upon by personal accounts in writing. Loss is not unique; however, the emotional struggle of grief from that loss is unique to each person. At times, we can find comfort and a sense of normalcy in others’ experiences. These books prove that you are not alone in your struggles. Perhaps your personal grief can help another?
Some books have the the word “death” or “dead” in them and when you read the dust jacket or summary, you find that you are holding a fiction piece. While I enjoy a good fiction piece from time to time, my mind truly reaches out for nonfiction books – particularly books on death, dying and bereavement.
A book I found recently, titled All My Friends Are Dead is what can be considered humor and inspiration. Read it. Read it slower. Read it again one more time and absorb the pages. If this little book doesn’t make you think about your mortality, then I’m not sure what will.
Have you seen the Issuu app or website? This site has been around for a few years and offers a place for businesses and professionals to submit magazines, books, academic journals, and other printed materials. These publications can be viewed online or through your digital device just as you would view the physical publication. When I first started flipping through Issuu, I only focused on counseling publications. I now have stacks (saved Issuu’s by topic) for many subjects, including death and dying.
If you are not a current user of Issuu, you will need to create an account (don’t worry, it’s free to view). Some publications are only a sample of what you could read after purchasing the full publication. Some publications are free in their entirety and can also be downloaded; however, many publications deny user downloads. If you like an Issuu, simply save it to a stack in your profile (you can make them public or private). I have rarely seen an Issuu get removed, which means you can always return to it later if you can’t read it all in one sitting.
Death & Dying by Berkeley Scientific Journal was published in 2013. Unless you are familiar with academic journals, you probably don’t understand the importance of them. Scientific findings and research are conducted constantly and academic journals (also called scientific journals) publish findings, research, theses, and more. Typically, you will find a list of other resources to reference or review at the end of each article within the journal as well. It’s like a bread crumb trail of relevant resources.
Some academic journals are only available to subscribers and can be rather expensive. Online resources like Issuu can help you acquire some of them for free. Other locations that might have academic journals for you to research include: public libraries, universities (free to access on campus or with a student account) and Google Scholar.
Preparing for Death & Helping the Dying: A Buddhist Perspective is a text first published in 1999. This digital version was published in 2003. Culturally relevant perspectives are a great addition to the death and dying subject.
Other online resources for cultural understanding can include TED Talks, Academic Journals, Religious websites (official main site for that culture), and Google Scholar.
[Some of the publications are self-published works that have had little to no editing. With these resources, I suggest reading them as an “opinion” piece rather than academic fact.]
One of the most amazing publications available on Issuu is the More to Death magazine. This publication is relevant to the UK, but can still be used for research and information regardless of location. If you like what you see on Issuu and want to receive their publications directly to your inbox, sign up here.
Other resources are available; however, you might need to check out your local public library or university for access (free in many cases through these locations).
Listen & Learn
Sometimes, you just don’t have time to sit and read for hours, it’s understandable. Resources on death and dying are also available through audio and video formats. Check out NPR and YouTube contain several resources and typically come at no charge. Other paid for sites that have resources include Audible, Kobo, Google Play, Overdrive (some libraries offer free access) and Audio Editions is a great resource for purchasing audio-books.
Want to share your resources for topics on death and dying? Submit them in the comments.