People everywhere turn to reading and books as a source of comfort, information and to provide clarity on life. This is particularly true for someone who is battling a terminal illness. A book may bring comfort to them and solace and guidance to the families and friends who are caring for them.
There are many types of books you can read to help prepare for the end-of-life transition including books that are tangible resources and inspirational works that can offer support.
End-of-life Reading Resources: These books provide a better understanding of the end-of-life process and the importance of living life to its fullest until the end. Some examples are:
- When Life Becomes Precious: The Essential Guide for Patients, Loved Ones, and Friends of Those Facing Serious Illness by Elise NeeDell Babcock – a resource for those preparing for the loss of a loved one. The book contains hundreds of tips to help patients, caregivers, co-workers, and family members make each day more precious.
- Graceful Passages:Companion for Living and Dying by Remal Malkin and Michael Stillwater – this book and CD set uses music and the spoken word to help readers come to terms with loss and death as a part of life. The book talks about the process of letting go and how to transform fear and pain into an outlet for healing.
- What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom for the End of Life by David Kuhl – this book is told through the perspective of Dr. David Kuhl. He draws upon his background in counseling psychology and expertise in palliative care to outline a realistic approach to end-of-life care. Through this information, Dr. Kuhl inspires people to become more fully alive even when facing a serious terminal illness.
Inspirational Books: Focusing on a positive message, these books can help take one’s mind off of their individual situation.
- Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom – a true story about life lessons that a student learns from his professor who is terminally ill with ALS.
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – an uplifting story from a man battling a terminal diagnosis for Pancreatic cancer. The book discusses celebrating dreams that you’ve achieved or will pursue.
- The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living by Dr. Ira Byock – four phrases that can provide us with a clear path to emotional wellness and guide us through the thickets of interpersonal difficulties to a conscious way of living that is full of integrity and grace
These are just some of the many books that may help ease the pain of a terminal diagnosis. Do you have any books that you would like to add to this list? Let us know in the comments.