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One of the first lessons I learned in my training as a coach is to see my clients as the experts in their lives. I took this lesson to heart and began to apply it personally as well. “I have all the answers I need within myself.”  And so do you.  As a coach I help others to see and access these answers so they can step into their highest selves. I believe that the best resource anyone can consult is themselves.  Recognizing that we all have what we need within, here are some additional resources that may help you along the way.

Websites

 

  • Reimagine End of Life is an organization that sparks community-driven festivals and conversations that explore death and celebrate life. The organization hosts weekly events that can connect and inspire people from around the world.
  • Hospice East Bay and Kaiser Permanente are organizations that offer support through the processes of dying and grieving in the East San Fransisco Bay Area.
  • Coaching at End of Life is an organization that offers training to become an End of Life Coach. End of life Coaching is a process of being with people who are dying and those who are grieving.

 

Bereavement

 

  • Center for Loss & Life Transition is an organization an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them. The organization has resources and training for grief related topics.
  • GriefShare.org is a faith-based grief recovery program that follows a 13-week course using video and an individual workbook. The website lists local support groups and has links to daily encouraging messages.
  • Journey Through Grief shares ideas and information for working through grief, based on the author’s personal experience. Creative outlets such as memory books, journaling, and poetry are also included.
  • Recover From Grief gives suggestions on living with grief and expressing grief creatively.

 

Death and Dying

 

  • ZenCaregiving.org is the website for the Zen Caregiving Project located in San Francisco. This organization hosts conversation groups focused on death and dying and training for caregivers both in-person and online.
  • OSHO Sammasati offers meditation support in living and dying as well as tips on how to be with those who are ill and dying.

 

Podcasts 

  • Share Your Story by Jenny Dilts, Grieving Coach, delves into humanity one soul at a time as we share experiences and insights from our journey in life .
  • Grief Unveiled by Sarah Nannen, The Renegade Widow, explores the possibilities that life after loss can bring.
  • Mindfulness & Grief hosted by Heather Stang teaches how a mindful approach to grief can help you deal with difficult emotions, cultivate self-care and self-compassion, and honor the relationship that remains.
  • TED Talk: Dying Well brings death into the open with authenticity, humor, and beauty.

 

 

Books

Bereavement

  • Grief Unveiled: A Widow’s Guide to Navigating Your Journey in Life After Loss by Sarah Nannen shows you how to stop just surviving and thrive in life after loss.
  • Grief One Day at a Time, 365 Meditations to Help You Heal After Loss by Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.
  • Healing After a Loss– Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Marcia Whitmore Hickman
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Harold H. Bloomfield, Melba Colgrove and Peter McWilliams
  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • Journeying East: Conversations on Aging and Dying by Victoria Jean Dimidjian
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Fully Alive: A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. It teaches how to be present even when adversity comes and emphasizes that every experience has something important to teach. It also includes a guided meditation for practicing patience and tips to access your inner strength.
  • Finding Hope when a Child Dies: What other cultures can teach us by Sukie Miller. In this book Dr. Miller presents a comforting perspective on the death of children based on beliefs and healing stories from other cultures.
  • Breaking Sad: What to Say After Loss, What Not to Say, and When to Just Show Up edited by Shelly Fisher and Jennifer Jones. This is a collection of insights and advice from those who grieve following multiple types of loss.
  • Heaven is for Real: A little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. In this short novel, a father learns about heaven and the Afterlife through conversations with his young son Colton, following an emergency appendectomy.

Death and Dying

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is the final course taken from a beloved professor in learning to die and thus live more fully.
  • A Graceful Goodbye: A New Outlook on Death by Susan B. Mercer gives tips on how to talk about and prepare for death.
  • The Hour of Our Death: The Classic history of Western attitudes toward death over the last 100 years by Phillipe Aries
  • Dying Well: Peace and possibilities at end of life by Ira Byok
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and what matters at the end by Adul Gowande
  • Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the mystery of death Stanislav Grof

Videos

Poetry

  • The Guest House by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi invites us to accept each experience as a teacher of valuable lessons.
  • Epitaph by Merrit Malloy gives us ways to remember our loved ones after they die.
  • Footprints in the Sand reminds us that we are not alone in our travels.