Books to better understand dying, death and palliative care

Oral problems: information for clinicians

When confronted with a serious illness it is difficult to know how to cope or prepare for what is to come. Reading books which describe others experiences, often through stories, can be a gentle way to learn. 

These books have all been recommended by professionals who work in palliative care.

Practical guides to better endings

  • With the End in Mind - by Dr Kathryn Mannix
  • How We Die  - by Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End - by Atul Gawande 
  • Handbook for Mortals - by Joanne Lynne and Joan Harrold
  • Do/Death - by Amanda Blainey


Biographies and personal experience

  • Dear Life - by Dr Rachel Clarke
  • The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story - by Christie Watson
  • Gratitude - by Oliver Sacks
  • When Breath Becomes Air - by Paul Kalanithi
  • Late Fragments - by Kate Gross
  • A Matter of Death and Life - by Irvin & Marilyn Yalom
  • The Last Act of Love  - by Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • Not that Kind of Love - by Clare & Greg Wise
  • The Unwinding of the Miracle - by Julie Yip-Williams


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