Non Fiction Books about Death and Dying, Life and Living

This section of the Poetic Endings Library includes non-fiction books written about life and living, and death and dying.  Some are written by medical professionals about their experiences with people at the end of their lives, others are memoirs written by people dealing with terminal diagnoses, and some are about the process of grief from the perspective of counsellors.  

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Preparing for death

Sometimes, death comes suddenly and without warning.  Sometimes, there is time to prepare.  


Some people find some comfort in reading about grief as a process.  There is no right way to grieve, and no set time line.  However it can be helpful to know that you are not alone in how you are feeling.