Planning Nonreligious Funerals Memorials

York, Sarah. Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000). The author, a Unitarian Universalist minister, clearly has both experience with and concern for the nonreligious bereaved. An outstanding resource.

Bennett, Amanda, and Terence Foley. In Memoriam: A Practical Guide to Planning a Memorial Service (New York: Fireside, 1997). Includes over eighty pages of suggested readings, many nonreligious.

Munro, Eleanor. Readings for Remembrance (New York: Penguin, 2000). Includes many wonderfully unconventional readings from philosophy, fiction, oratory, and poetry, from such minds as Joyce, Homer, Lao-Tzu, Ovid, Tolstoy, and Dante, and from sources as divergent as Buddhism, the Aztecs, and postmodernism.

Willson, Jane Wynne. Funerals Without God (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1991). Still the last word in last words.

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