Dying Well - Ways to Practice - Books

i>For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things
present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all
creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

— Romans 8:38-39

Lament for a Son
Nicholas Wolterstorff (Eerdmans, 1987).

Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality
Thomas Lynch (Norton, 2000).

How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
Sherwin B. Nuland (Knopf, 1994).

Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life
Ira Byock (Riverhead Books, 1998)

Ordinary People
Judith Guest (Ballantine, 1976)
This novel was made into a film in 1980.

The main character (John Travolta) observes a strange light on his birthday at a bar. During the following days he becomes super-intelligent and puts his knowledge to good use in the community. When word gets around he becomes known as a "freak" and everyone wants to figure out why this happened to a car mechanic. Note the ways death and grieving are portrayed in the film. (1996)

El Dia de Los Muertos
This 21-minute documentary portrays the revival of "The Day of the Dead" celebration among the Mexican-American community of San Antonio, Texas. Great film for comparing different attitudes toward death and dying. Available with teacher's guide through the Institute of Texan Cultures.(1991)

Tells the story of C.S. Lewis' romantic relationship with Joy Gresham, an American fan who wins his heart and then discovers she is terminally ill. (1989)

Offers insight into perspectives on aging and dying in contemporary society. A group of older adults discovers "the fountain of youth" in a Florida swimming pool. They must choose between remaining with family and friends on earth - and dying... or leaving earth on an alien spaceship with the prospect of living for millennia. (1985)

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