Resources

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one story at a time

Curated Resources and Links

Creating a community is critical to supporting the dying and grieving. I’ve curated resources to help your outreach. Connections create synergy and build community. Explore sections that interest you to expand your resources and cultivate your community.

Death Literacy

Death Cafés: Where people meet to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives.

Death Over Dinner: This project was created as a gift, invitation, and simple set of tools to help families and friends address the basic human fact that we are all, at some point, going to die.

Death Literacy Institute: The Death Literacy Institute works across systems – people, places, and organizations to embed skills, experience, actions, and knowledge that create and support the development of end-of-life, grief, and death literacy.

Kitchen Table Talks with Carole: Virtual connection and open conversation to share, learn, and engage. Normalizing the conversation about death, dying, and grief.

Support for Caregivers

Caring Bridges: Our mission is to build bridges of care and communication, providing love and support on a health journey.

Caregivers’ Resources: Select your state to find free advance directive forms for where you live.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life.

Support for the Dying

Hospice Services: Locate hospice services near you to support end-of-life care in the home, hospital, and nursing home.

Inelda Death Doula Services: End-of-life doula to support and guide you through the dying process.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: NHPCO gives ongoing inspiration, practical guidance, and legislative representation to hospice and palliative care providers so they can enrich experiences for patients and ease caregiving responsibilities and emotional stress for families.

Conscious Dying Institute: Resource for those interested in serving in death work.

Omega Home Network:  The Omega Home Network is a non-profit national membership organization that promotes developing and expanding community homes for the dying.

Courageous Parents Network: Courageous Parents Network is a non-profit organization that orients and empowers parents and others caring for children with serious medical conditions. 

Prayers and blessings for dying and death: An actively dying person can still hear what you say. Keep reading and sending loving thoughts. We’ve selected some poems and blessings to be read at the bedside.

Medical Aid in Dying (MaID): Resource to support the exploration of death with dignity. Support for family and loved ones utilizing MaID

The Life of Death is a touching, hand-drawn animation about the day Death fell in love with Life. It has been well received at various animation festivals and featured on the EYE film DVD of Selected Dutch Shorts. Now, it is finally online!

Planning for Death

Compassion and Choices: An organization dedicated to improving care, expanding options, and empowering everyone to chart their end-of-life journey.

The Conversation Project: Helping people share their wishes for care through the end of life.

Free Advance Directive Forms by State from AARP: State-by-state advanced directive requirements.

Five Wishes: Five Wishes is the nation’s only national advanced care planning program. Providing peace of mind for more than 25 years.

Death with Dignity: National leader in end-of-life advocacy and policy reform focused on improving how people with terminal illnesses die.

Compassion and Support: Everyone 18+ should have family discussions about personal values and beliefs, choose the right spokesperson, and complete a health care proxy. NY State Advanced Care Planning.

Final Exit Network:  We Support The Human Right To A Death With Dignity

Voluntary Stop Eating and Drinking Resource Network (VSED): Working to increase VSED.

End of Life Conversations Are Hard, But Your Loved Ones Will Thank You

Medical Aid in Dying (MAID): Medical aid in dying (MAiD) is a practice in which a physician provides a competent adult with a terminal illness with a prescription for a lethal dose of a drug at the request of the patient, which the patient intends to use to end his or her life. 

Support for family and loved ones utilizing MaID

Bridge C-14: A Network of Peer-to-Peer Connections and Community Supports Through All Stages of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

 

 

After-Death Care

Green Burial Council: This is the place to learn more about green burial and how to find certified cemetery stewards, funeral professionals, and funerary product sellers who share the commitment to create more sustainable after-death options for you, your community, and the planet.

Natural Transitions: The Parlor is a monthly online community gathering on Zoom spotlighting holistic and environmentally friendly approaches to after-death care.

Funeral Consumer Alliance:  Ensures consumers are fully prepared and protected when planning a funeral for themselves or their loved ones.

Spirit Vessel: Support for the transition of loss with personalized parting ceremonies and handcrafter ceramic urns to assist in grieving, honoring, and celebrating your loved ones.

Recompose Life: A full-service funeral home specializing in human composting. 

National Home Funeral Alliance: Dedicated to increasing access to information related to community-led after-death care. 

Grief Support

Grief.com:Grief.com is dedicated to helping everyone with the often unknown terrain that comes along with all kinds of grief. 

Good Grief: An organization focused on teaching resiliency and facilitating healthy coping in the lives of more than 900 children each month by providing a caring and understanding environment like no other. 

Grief in Common: The journey of grief provides an opportunity for great personal growth, reflection, and resilience that only the greatest challenges in our lives can design. 

Center for Loss and Transition: An organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them.

The National Grief Center for Children and Families: Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and families who are grieving can share their experiences before and after a death. Flip the Script.

New Hope Grief Center: Our mission is to help bereaved children and families find hope and healing through connection and support. 

Child Mind Institute: We’re dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. 

Grief Support for Children: Learning Grief is a free online resource created to help you support kids and teens navigate the big feelings that come with loss. Whether you’re a mentor, coach, youth leader, educator, or caregiver, you can use these tools to learn and model effective support—teaching kids how to navigate tough times and how to be there for their peers.

Suicide Project: Suicide Loss Support Group

Samaritans Hope: Samaritans’ SafePlace meetings are open groups of caring people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Alliance of Hope: Support for suicide loss survivors. We believe no suicide loss survivor should go without support.

Something a little extra…

Storytelling is a powerful tool for starting difficult conversations and creating connections. It creates a safe and supportive environment for open communication and mutual learning, especially when interacting with younger humans. I have created my own publishing company, Healing Press, to share these stories. Stories become a place for healing and growing. When shared, they weave a tapestry of human experiences that shape and influence us.

Contact me if you are interested in arranging a school or after-school visit for a book read and classroom instruction on writing and publishing a story.  

Lilly Tames Her Worries

When Lilly forgets her favorite stuffed rabbit, Hun Bun, she worries about getting through school without him. How will Lilly adjust to get through her day?

Children experiencing anxiety often face challenges in expressing and managing their emotions. However, various tools can support them. “Lilly Tames Her Worries” includes techniques for responding to those emotions. 

Hun Bun has been with Lilly since birth and is always there to calm her worries when those pesky heebie-jeebies appear. Heebie-jeebies make her palms sweat, her belly do flip-flops, and her heart beat loudly.

One day, when she forgets to pack Hun Bun, something begins to change. Join Lilly as she discovers how her heebie-jeebies signal her to tame her worries, be brave, and take charge to do hard things.

Grab a copy of “Lilly Tames Her Worries” for your child’s backpack today!

Lilly Tames Her Worries

When Lilly forgets her favorite stuffed rabbit, Hun Bun, she worries about getting through school without him. How will Lilly adjust to get through her day?

Children with anxiety often have challenges expressing their emotions. Various tools and techniques can help them notice and work with their emotions. Lilly Tames Her Worries shares some of those tools. 

Hun Bun has been with Lilly since birth and is always there to calm her worries when those pesky heebie-jeebies appear. Heebie-jeebies make her palms sweat, her belly do flip-flops, and her heart beat loudly.

One day, when she forgets to pack Hun Bun, something begins to change. Join Lilly as she discovers how her heebie-jeebies signal her to tame her worries, be brave, and take charge to do hard things.

Grab a copy of “Lilly Tames Her Worries for your child’s backpack today!

The Cardinal’s Gift

A True Story of Finding Hope in Grief

When tragedy strikes Rachel’s family, she struggles to get out of bed and pay attention at school. But all that changed when one day a special bird appeared.

Rachels Daddy died, and she is having a hard time adjusting. She lost interest in playing with her friends, and she is fearful she will forget important things about her Daddy. Then one morning, she receives a visit and a little encouragement from a persistent cardinal.

This is a true story of how a cardinal offered hope to a grieving family struggling to adjust to their loss. “The Cardinal’s Gift: A True Story of Finding Hope in Grief” encourages anyone experiencing loss to pay attention to Mother Nature’s gifts as she teaches us to be hopeful without forgetting those we love.

The Cardinal’s Gift

A True Story of Finding Hope in Grief

When tragedy strikes Rachel’s family, she struggles to get out of bed and pay attention at school. But all that changed when one day a special bird appeared.

Rachels Daddy died, and she is having a hard time adjusting. She lost interest in playing with her friends, and she is fearful she will forget important things about her Daddy. Then one morning, she receives a visit and a little encouragement from a persistent cardinal.

This is a true story of how a cardinal offered hope to a grieving family struggling to adjust to their loss. “The Cardinal’s Gift: A True Story of Finding Hope in Grief” encourages anyone experiencing loss to pay attention to Mother Nature’s gifts as she teaches us to be hopeful without forgetting those we love.

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