Resources: For Aging, Illness, Death and Dying


  • A Year to Live: How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last (1998) by Stephen Levine
    (and many other titles by him)
  • Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care (2016) Edited by Koshin Paley Ellison and Matt Weingast
  • Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death (2009) by Joan Halifax
  • Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End of Life Care and The Hospice Movement (2013) by Fran Smith with Joan Halifax
  • The Human Encounter with Death (1978) by Stanislay Grof and Joan Halifax
  • Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive (2001) by Larry Rosenberg, with David Guy
  • The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death can Teach us About Living Fully (2017) by Frank Ostaseski
  • How to be Sick: A Buddhist Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers (2010) by Toni Bernhard
  • Falling Out of Grace: Meditations on Loss, Healing and Wisdom (2003) by Sobonfu Some
  • Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser (2012) by Lewis Richmond

What are some good Buddhist books about death and dying?


  • Grief Walker: National Film Board by Tim Wilson
    (Saskatoon Public Library has it in their collection)

Local class

  • Mindful Aging: Exploring the Possibilities
    Join Jennifer Keane for this 4-week exploration of opportunities and challenges that the transition of aging offers. Through mindfulness and other reflective practices, we will support each other in understand and accepting the changes in our body, our relationships, our roles and identities, and our sense of spirituality. For class dates and more information, please contact