The Memorial Society, Inc., 66 Marlboro Street, Boston, Mass. 617-859-7990




  • A Family Undertaking (one hour documentary on home funerals available from Netflix)


  • Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, Joshua Slocum and Lisa Carlson, 2011
  • Choosing Your Path: How Massachusetts Residents can take control of their Medical Care, Estate Plans, and Funeral Arrangements, Mark and Peter Bernardin, 2005
  • Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love, Lisa Carlson, 1998
  • The American Way of Death Revisited, Jessica Mitford, 1998
  • Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial, Mark Harris, 2007
  • Living into Dying: A Journal of Spiritual and Practical Death Care for Family and Community, Nancy Jewel Poer, 2002
  • Dealing Creatively with Death: A Manual of Death Education and Simple Burial, Ernest Morgan, a classic
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter, Sherwin B. Nuland, 1994
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach, 2003
  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche, 1992, (Buddhist perspective on death)
  • The Art of Dying: Honoring and Celebrating Life’s Passages, 2001, Salli Rasberry and Carole Rae Watanabe

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