Reflections for Adults and Young Adults

Dobrin, Arthur. Love Is Stronger Than Death (1986). A beautiful, moving, thoughtful piece of work, now out of print but available online at www

Willson, Harry. Myth and Mortality—Testing the Stories (Albuquerque: Amador, 2007). This engaging and thoughtful book looks at thirty-two beliefs dealing with death and assesses their helpfulness in confronting mortality. Willson is a former missionary pastor who is now a secular humanist social justice activist.

Wilson, Robert Anton. "Cheerful Reflections on Death and Dying." Google it, or brave the long URL: raw-dying.html

Morris, Virginia. Talking About Death Won't Kill You (New York: Workman, September 10,2001). A wonderfully healthy and candid look at death and our tendency to avoid the topic. The publication date alone is enough to grab one's attention.

Montross, Christine. Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab (New York: Penguin Press, 2007). Not for everyone, but for those interested in a very (very) direct look at mortality through the lens of the physical, this is worth looking into.

Enright, D.J. (Ed.). The Oxford Book of Death (London: Oxford University Press, 2002). A magnificent anthology of writings on death and dying.

Nuland, Sherwin. How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (New York: Vintage, 1995). A brilliant and important contribution to the literature, written from the perspective of a physician with the heart of a sage.

Byock, Ira, M.D. Dying Well (New York: Riverhead Trade, 1998). A book lauded for its "humanistic soul," Dying Well is a clear-eyed, thoughtful excursion through the process of decline and death, built around the author's experience of his own father's death.

See also the following reviews in Parenting Beyond Belief:

Emswiler, James, and Mary Ann. Guiding Your Child through Grief (New York: Bantam, 2000).

Arent, Ruth P., MA, MSW. Helping Children Grieve (Belgium, WI: Champion Press, 2005).

Thomas, Pat. I Miss You-A First Look at Death (New York: Barron's, 2000). Ages 3-8.

Bryant-Mole, Karen. Talking About Death (Redwood City, CA: Raintree, 1999). Ages 4-8.

Rothman, Juliet Cassuto. A Birthday Present for Daniel: A Child's Story of Loss (Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2001). Ages 7-10.

Trozzi, Maria, M.Ed. Talking with Children About Loss (New York: Perigee Trade, 1999).

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