Funeral Books

For those who would like to delve deeper or who need additional information, we have gathered together a selection of books on relevant subjects. Books can be a great source of comfort, knowledge and understanding to help you find your way.

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A HELPFUL GUIDE TO WILLS AND PROBATE

This book explains how to write a simple will, and how to deal with the affairs of someone who has died.

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STORIES OF LIFE, DEATH & SURVIVING

This deeply affecting book is full of psychological insights on how grief, if approached correctly, can heal us.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN EXECUTOR OF THE WILL?

"This book lays out the probate process, your responsibilities in it and how to ensure a smooth conclusion to what can be a troublesome task." To request your free copy, please follow the link above.

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A PERSON CENTRED APPROACH TO PLANNING A FUNERAL

Sarah has distilled her experience and knowledge into this lovely self help, step-by-step guide. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to charity.

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A PRACTICAL & COMPASSIONATE GUIDE TO SURVIVING GRIEF

Leading grief expert Zoe Clark-Coates examines the different losses we may endure in our lives and provides the much-needed support that helps you navigate your way through.

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WHY? WHEN? HOW? WHO?

Jane answers these questions and more in this expert guide to creating a good end of life plan, emphasizing the importance not only of thinking and talking about this, but documenting it too.

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THE GRIEF HANDBOOK: A GUIDE THROUGH THE WORST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE

A grief and bereavement handbook with expert psychological insights and practical advice to help navigate a path through grieving.

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THE HOLISITIC & SPIRITUAL CARE OF THE DYING

Soul midwives are holistic and spiritual companions to the dying. This book guides you through the core principals and techniques of this practice.

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THE NATURAL DEATH HANDBOOK

The Natural Death Centre's essential and influential guide covering the practical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying.

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LOVE NEVER DIES

An emotionally powerful, beautifully illustrated, comforting book for children who have experienced bereavement.

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CHOOSING A HEADSTONE

Advice & inspiration for choosing a headstone. 100% of the profits from the sale of the book go to Maggie's Cancer Charity, Oxford.

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THOUGHTFUL, PRACTICAL IDEAS FOR REBUILDING YOUR LIFE

From a widow and therapist, a guide to life after losing a husband, with reflections on grief and helpful advice.

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FACING ADVERSITY, BUILDING RESILIENCE & FINDING JOY

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg learns how to find strength and build resilience with the help of her friend, psychologist Adam Grant.

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IMMORTALITY, MEMORY & GRIEF IN DIGITAL CULTURE

Davide Sisto considers how digital technology is changing our relationship to death and has restored the communal dimension of death.

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THE DIGITAL AFTERLIFE OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA

Psychologist Elaine Kasket explores our digital afterlife, whether it be curated by us, others, or just incidental of a life lived online. Our digital data will outlive us and Kasket considers the implications of this.

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PRACTICAL AND COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT

Written by one of the world's leading baby loss experts, this book answers questions and provides practical support for those who have experienced a loss of for those who are supporting someone who has.

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A JOURNAL FOR GRIEF

This journal is a place to explore grief, to tell your story through writing, drawing and scribbling. Finding ways to live alongside loss.

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A DOCTOR'S STORY OF LOVE & LOSS

In this deeply moving and personal book, palliative medicine specialist Dr Rachel Clarke gains new insights on how we cope with the end of life when her beloved father is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY THROUGH DEVASTATING LOSS

When faced with the incomprehensible fact of her daughter's death, Dr Lucy Hone used her experience in the field of resilience psychology to support her family and find a way of living without Abi.

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A TRUE STORY OF GRIEF & GRATITUDE

Told through letters, love notes and text messages giving an insight into one of life’s biggest milestones.

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LESSONS ABOUT LIFE & LIVING FROM WORKING WITH DEATH & DYING

A profound but practical guide to rethinking the one thing that's guaranteed to happen to us all.

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A GUIDE TO CREATING A TRULY PERSONAL FUNERAL CEREMONY

This life-affirming practical guide takes away the fear, busts the myths and clears the confusion that can be associated with funeral ceremonies.

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WHAT THE NEW SCIENCE OF SADNESS TELLS US ABOUT LIFE AFTER LOSS

Challenging the 'five stages' model of grief, Bonanno offers fascinating new insights on the bereavement process and the ways in which we find positive meaning in loss.

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A PRIMER TO HONOUR THE DYING AND THE DEAD WITH REVERENCE, LIGHT-HEARTEDNESS AND GRACE

This simple yet powerful guidebook will help you with ceremonies to make the journey through dying, death and beyond.

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FINDING THE MEANING OF GRIEF THROUGH THE FIVE STAGES OF LOSS

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and co-author David Kessler, revisit the five stages of dying identified in her earlier book to create a deeply empathetic and accessible guide for those in grief.

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HOW TO LIVE AND DIE WELL

A powerful and emotional book based on a lifetime's clinical experience, offering calm, wise advice on how to face death, live fully and find a model for hope in dark times.

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HELP THOSE YOU LOVE WHEN THEY GRIEVE

Learn what to ask, what to say, how to write a condolence card and how to be truly supportive to the bereaved.

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SUPPORT AFTER BABY LOSS

A personal story of baby loss and 90 days of support to walk you through grief.

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STORIES OF CHANGE, CRISIS & HOPEFUL BEGINNINGS

Julia Samuel draws on hours of conversations with her patients to show how we can learn to adapt and even thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences.

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A DAY-BY-DAY PLAN TO REASSURE AND COMFORT YOU

Pregnancy after losing a baby can be an anxious and isolating experience. This book guides, reassures, informs and, most importantly, helps people to not just survive, but to flourish during subsequent pregnancies.

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FOR CHILDREN, PRESENTING IN AN ACCESSIBLE WAY THE COMPLEX JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF

This beautiful book by former children's Laureate Michael Rosen chronicles the death of his son Eddie, reflecting in words and through the wonderful pictures of Quentin Letts feelings of loss, deep sadness and grief.

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HOW TO FIND THE WORDS FOR TENDER CONVERSATIONS

A powerful new book from Dr Kathryn Mannix, the author of 'With the End in Mind', about life, death, relationships, mental health and how to talk about what matters.

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HOW TO LIVE LIFE & FACE DEATH

An accessible, beautifully designed and illustrated book that brings optimism and practical guidance to empower readers with the knowledge, resources and tools they'll need to die better.