Books and Journals

American Holistic Nurses Association. (2018). Holistic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Topeka, KS: American Holistic Nurses Association.

American Holistic Nurses Association. (2012). AHNA Position Statement on Holistic Nursing Ethics. Topeka, KS: American Holistic Nurses Association.

Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead. New York: Gotham Books.

Dossey, B. M., & Keegan, L. (2016). Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Dossey, B. M., Luck, S., & Schaub, B. G. (2015). Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing. North Miami, FL: International Nurse Coach Association.

Field, M. J., & Cassel, C. K., (Eds.). (2004). Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life. Institute of Medicine, Committee on Care at the End of Life. Washington, D.C.: National Press.

Fredrickson, B. (2013). Positive emotions broaden and build. Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1-53. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Gawande, A. (2010, August 2). Letting go: what should medicine do when it can not save your life? The New Yorker Magazine.

Gawande, A. (2014). Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Northampton, MA: Metropolitan Books.

Gould, S.J. (1985). The Median Isn’t the Message. At Cancer Guide: Statistics.

Halifax, J., & Byock, I. (2009). Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. Boston, MA: Shambhala Press.

Jenkinson, S. (2015). Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Johns, C. (2013). Becoming a Reflective Practitioner (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Koerner, J. G. (2007). Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing Practice. New York: Springer.

McElligott, D., Capitulo, K., Morris, D., & Click, E. (2010). The effect of a holistic program on health-promoting behaviors in hospital registered nurses. Journal of Holistic Nursing, American Holistic Nurses Association.

Miller, J.E. (2001). The Art of Being a Healing Presence. Fort Wayne, IN: Willowgreen Publishing.

Milne, J. (2012). Sacred Transitions: Taking a More Conscious Role with Dying. Denver, CO: Outskirts Press.

Moody, R., & Perry, P. (2010). Glimpses of Eternity: Sharing a Loved One's Passage from This Life to the Next. New York: Guideposts.

Pattinson, S. (2011). The Final Journey: Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaisnavas (2nd ed.). Miramonte, CA: Torchlight Publishing.

Raes, F., Pommier, E., Neff, K. D., & Van Gucht, D. (2011). Construction and factorial validation of a short form of the self-compassion scale. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 18, 250-255.

Rosenberg, M. B. (2015). Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (3rd ed.). Carlsbad, CA: Puddledancer Press.

Terman, S. (2011). Peaceful Transitions. Carlsbad, CA: Life Transitions Publications.


Below are links to web sites that you may find useful in further studying the issues of supporting people who are living and dying with life-threatening illness. If you know of a website that’s a good resource in this area, we’d be happy to add it to this list. ‘Alive in Death’ was created by a team of Death Coaches and Educators who want to change the way we die in North America. Their 8-module online course helps doctors, nurses, hospitals, and families handle the deaths they see. The ‘Association for Death Education and Counseling’ is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling, and research in thanatology. Based on quality research, theory, and practice, the association provides information, support, and resources to its international, multicultural, multidisciplinary membership and to the public. Provides the “Five Wishes” advance directive, which is recognized in many states of the USA A guide to green funerals and burials in the USA Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition ‘Family Caregiver Alliance’ (FCA) seeks to improve the quality of life for caregivers through education, services, research, and advocacy. It offers information on current social, public policy, and caregiving issues, and provides assistance in the development of public and private programs for caregivers. This website includes books and products to support comfort when a person is not drinking fluids Provides advance directive forms for each state in the USA, and ways to learn more about their terms ‘Center for Healthcare Decisions’: Finding Your Way and Talking it Over ‘Compassion and Choices’ is committed to helping everyone have the best death possible. We offer free counseling, planning resources, referrals, and guidance, and we work to protect and expand options at the end of life. We are experts in what it takes to die well. An evidence-based approach combining focused touch and sensitive massage with compassionate presence to enhance quality of life for those in later life stages A 30-minute video documenting a physician’s choice to fast at the end of life Irene Smith’s website that communicates, teaches, and supports the language of touch, especially in working with frail and dying persons Green and Loving Family-Directed Home Funerals Hospice Foundation of America International Association for Near-Death Studies ‘Metta Institute’ “End-of-Life Practitioner” Program Anything and everything you need about Green Burials, including biodegradable coffins, urns, and natural funeral goods throughout the US and Canada Conscious, holistic approaches to end of life. Offers a magazine by email and postal mail Focused on near-death experiences and the afterlife Near Death Experience Research Foundation National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Advocating for, providing for, and pursuing good dying for ourselves and for those we love is a political and a spiritual project—an act of love and of revolution Objective information provided about this advanced care planning tool. Offers a current POLST program map by state and a downloadable POLST form. A Los Angeles–based company offering ministerial services, education, and guidance to families wishing to create green, cost-effective, and deeply meaningful funerals at home Dedicated to changing the way our society experiences death and dying, and returning the sacred to the act of dying by serving those who are at the end of life The Practice of Living and Dying: Dying as a Rite of Passage Aging, Caregiving, Dying, and Recovering Joy Joan Halifax’s “Being With Dying” program