Books & Articles - Death & End-of-Life Planning

Books and Articles

The list of recommended books are articles will be refreshed from time to time. Check back periodically to find new resources.


Guide to the Great Beyond by Jane Brody

Dying Well by Ira Byock, M.D.

Best Care Possible by Ira Byock, M.D.

Good to Go by Jo Myers

Having Your Own Say edited by Bernard J. Hammes, PhD and Gundersen Health System

OK to Die by Kristian Murphy and Monica Williams-Murphy, M.D.

Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-threatening Illness by Hank Dunn.



CPR is Less Effective than You Think  Written by Robert H. Shmerling, M.D. of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and available through Aetna’s InteliHealth website.

How Doctors Die  Written by retired physician Ken Murray, this article provides an interesting perspective on how doctors approach the end of their own lives.

What Doctors Know-and We Can Learn-About Dying The article by Dr. Murray received a great deal of attention, so a follow-up article was written by Shannon Brownlee.

What Broke my Father’s Heart  A poignant article written for the New York Times by journalist Katy Butler that tells the story of her father’s struggle with end-of-life healthcare choices.

Our Unrealistic Attitudes About Death, Through a Doctor’s Eyes  Written by Craig Bowron, M.D., a hospital internist in Minneapolis.

The Dying of the Light is a powerful essay also written by Craig Bowron, M.D.

Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death  This link from the Hospice Patients Alliance offers helpful information to understand signs of the dying process when the end is near.