Preparing for the End of Life

Easing the Way for Those You Love

A Guide for Individuals and Families

Death can come suddenly with little warning and no time for planning.  Or death can occur after a prolonged illness that may provide the dying person and family members time for planning, if they can cope with it emotionally.  Under either circumstance, it is far better that the planning be done well in advance.

This resource was written to help you prepare for your own death and to minimize the burden for surviving family members and friends.  While addressed to you, the reader, the contents may enable you to assist others, either prior to or at the time of their death.

This resource is not about death as much as it is about life and preparing for the end of this life.  It is about how we as individuals, families and a community of faith can understand and prepare for the changing seasons in life, including dying and death, so that we can live as fully and joyfully as possible.

You can download the book here.

Below, you can find a list of helpful links and resources:


  • The Art of Being a Healing Presence by James E. Miller
  • Dying Well by Ira Byock, M.D.
  • Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley
  • How We Die by Sherwin Nuland
  • May I Walk You Home? by Joyce Hutchison
  • Midwives for the Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying by Kathy Kaline
  • Naming the Silences by Stanley Hauerwas
  • Our Greatest Gift by Henri J.M Nouwen

Hospice Care


  • The Death of an Adult Child: A Book for and about Bereaved Parents by Jeanne Webster Blank
  • A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser
  • A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
  • Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort by Albert Hsu
  • Healing After Loss by Martha Whitmore Hickman
  • The Heart of Grief  by Thomas Attig
  • Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff
  • No Time to Say Goodbye by Carla Fine
  • Our Walk with Elephants: Surviving the Death of Adult Children by Peggy Boone, Ph.D.
  • Psalms of Lament by Ann Weems
  • To Live Again by Catherine Marshall
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • Journey of Hearts: A Healing Place for those Dealing with Grief -
  • Faith and Grief: A Ministry of Compassion and Connection
  • Recover from Grief Loss -

Burial & Other Resources

  • Neptune Society- (817) 838-5100 - Pre-paid cremation services
  • Memorial Society (Must Join Before Death)- (972) 509-5686
  • UT Southwestern Willed Body Program- (214) 648-221 or 1-(888) 905-991
  • DFW National Cemetery- (214) 467-3374