Resources for Death & Grief

September 15, 2022

Have you read our new Death Zine? View online or pick up a copy in the library!

This page offers resources, references, and many ways to go deeper on topics around death and grief.

Doing your own research? Email us or call the Reference Desk at 603-766-1720 for assistance!

Local Resources

Brookhaven Hospice of NH
Providing care to maximize quality of life.

Hospice Help Foundation
Providing funds for care to those below the poverty line.

Hospice of Southern Maine Bereavement Groups
Bereavement support groups free of charge, held on Zoom.

New Hampshire Alliance for End of Life Options
Resources for "sanity and humanity at life's end."

New Hampshire Funeral Resources & Education
Empowering intentional funeral decisions.

Recorded Library Programs

Panel Discussion: Coping with Grief and Loss during COVID 
Local providers discuss insights about connecting during loss

Panel Discussion: A Good Death
Features local experts on end of life care and grief.

Book Lists


Page 3 – A Word with Marsha Filion

Page 4 – Be a Heart With Ears

Page 9 – Corpse Rights

Want to learn more about corpse rights or local regulations? Check out:

Page 10 & 11 – Nonfiction Booklist

Page 12 & 13 – Thanatology

Suggested Reading:

Page 14 – Death Tarot

Page 15 – Celia’s Séances

Page 16 – Podcasts for Passing Away (your time)

Page 17 – Haunting Melodies

Page 18 & 19 – Death is Fantasy & Scifi

Page 20 & 21 – Caring for Grieving Elders

Suggested Reading:

Further Resources:

Page 22 & 23 – Green Funerals & Burials

Page 24 & 25 – Books to Help Your Child Understand Loss & Grief

Page 26 – Local Cemeteries


Page 5 – How to Write an Obituary

  1. Lamberg, E. (n.d.). How to write an obituary. Featherstitch. Retrieved September 12, 2022.

Page 8 – Digital Assets

  1. Swallow, E. (2022, March 11). 7 resources for Handling Digital Life After Death. Mashable. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  2. Doughty, C. (n.d.). End of life planning: The order of the good death. End of Life Planning | The Order of the Good Death. Retrieved September 12, 2022

Page 9 – Corpse Rights

  1. Doughty, C. (n.d.). Death bill of rights: The order of the good death. Death Bill of Rights - The Order of the Good Death. Retrieved September 12, 2022

Page 12-13

  1. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. (2009, March 22). Thanatology. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved September 12, 2022.
  2. Jordan, J. R. (2000). Research that matters: Bridging the gap between research and practice in thanatology. Death Studies, 24(6), 457-467.

Page 15

  1. Mandel, N. H. (2004). Annie and Sarah. In Beyond the Garden Gate: The life of Celia Laighton Thaxter (pp. 125–128). Univ. Press of New England.

Page 20-21

  1. Zoler, M. L. (2006, November 1). Elderly face grief and loss differently than do others. Caring for the Ages. Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  2. Kowalchuk, K. (2021, April 2). Older people grieve differently. Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy. Retrieved September 11, 2022.
  3. Goyer, A. (2022, August 23). 5 communication tips for difficult caregiving talks. AARP. Retrieved September 11, 2022.