books about death

Tackling Mortality Through Reading: 7 Great Books About Death

People grieve in a variety of ways.

Some find that reading books about death helps them to understand and come to terms with the process.

If you’re one of them, this post is for you. Read on to find out which books we recommend.

Cope with Your Grief with These Books About Death

These books will give you new perspectives on life and death.

1. The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead by David Shields

This New York Times best-seller was inspired by the vitality of the author’s 97-year-old father.

It invites you to consider your own vitality and, in turn, mortality. The journey takes fascinating twists and turns through biology and philosophy, and is peppered with personal anecdotes along the way

2. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Have you ever considered donating an organ, or even your entire body, to science?

Mary Roach’s Stiff tells you what will happen to it if you do. It also explains how autopsies and dissections work, as well as the details of burials and decomposition.

This book has all the post-mortem activities covered.

3. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and a firm believer that we should be more direct and up-front about death.

You can always count on kids to be a little too honest. So, in this book, she answers real questions that children have asked her about death, decomposition, and dead bodies.

As well as ‘will my cat eat my eyeballs?’, there’s also ‘will I poop when I die?’ and ‘why do we change color when we die?’ Don’t say you’ve never wondered.

4. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

While battling cancer, Christopher Hitches wrote ‘Mortality’ as a way of facing the illness head-on. In the book, he discusses the true torment of cancer and how it changed his perspective on life and death. It was published posthumously, nine months after he departed.

5. The Dying Time: Practical Wisdom for the Dying & Their Caregivers by Joan Furman

If you’re struggling to deal with the imminent death of a loved one, this book is a much-needed resource.

It’s filled with valuable advice on how to make this difficult process more comfortable for both of you. It also discusses the taboo of assisted suicide, which is becoming more and more common.

6. Things I’ve Learned From Dying: A Book About Life by David R. Dow

David R. Dow was no stranger to death, having spent years defending inmates on death row as a lawyer. However, when his father received a diagnosis of terminal cancer, he began to think about it in a different way.

In this book, he compares these differing circumstances of death and grapples with the question – is one any better than the other?

Pay Tribute to Your Loved One

These books about death can be great tools for dealing with grief.

At Kuozo, Foulk and Cleveland Funeral Homes, we can help you with the practicalities. We’ll guide you through funeral service and memorial planning to make the process easier for you.

Find out more about what we can do for you.