Books, Links, and More

We've compiled resources in both French and English, to give you the broadest possible range of available information. To see resources in French, click in the top right corner of the page.

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Hospice and palliative care
NewThe Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with “death in the room,” from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young... read more...
Cicely Saunders, Founder of the Hospice Movement: Selected Letters, 1959-1999
Cicely Saunders is universally acclaimed as a pioneer of modern hospice care. Trained in nursing, social work, then medicine... read more...
Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities
Dr. Byock, a palliative care physician, shares his personal experiences and philosophy of caring for the dying. Volunteers... read more...
Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness (2nd. ed.)
This book is written for a general audience by a team of specialists.  Updated since the first edition in 1999, it provides... read more...
The Heart of Hospice
Seminal book on the philosophy of hospice palliative care in Canada and worldwide. Available for free reading and printing... read more...
Life in a hospice: Reflections on caring for the dying
None of us likes to think about what our last days will be like. But if we do think about them at all, we want them to be... read more...
The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort and Love to Life's Final Chapter, rev.ed.
Formerly "The Rights of the Dying" (1998), this book by author, David Kessler, brings both comfort and practical information... read more...
Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness
This book begins with a comprehensive review of the field, written by Dr. Diane Meier, and includes twenty-five of the most... read more...
Pan-Canadian Gold Standard for Palliative Home Care: Towards Equitable Accesss to High Quality Hospice Palliative and End-of-Life Care at Home
The gold standards provide the benchmarks for high quality hospice palliative care at home. They are based on the National... read more...
Stay, Breathe with Me: The Gift of Compassionate Medicine
This book presents serious illness as a drama of body, mind, and soul. In this drama symptoms and suffering cannot be separated... read more...