The internet is home to a tremendous amount of helpful resources related to death and dying. We have included just a few of them here. Do you know of a site or organization you think should be included? Contact us and let us know.
Dying Consciously: The Greatest Journey
Dying Consciously: The Greatest Journey is an offering of The Four Winds Society, founded by noted anthropologist Alberto Villoldo. A key element of this program is the trained volunteers who are available to assist an individual or family come to the end of a life with grace. Their website host informative videos and print information. To become certified to teach Dying Consciously: The Greatest Journey, one must be a graduate of the Four Winds Light Body School and have complete the Dying Consciously teacher training.
Association of Death Education and Counseling
The Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) is an international, professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology. Based on quality research, theory and practice, the association provides information, support and resources to its international, multicultural, multidisciplinary membership and to the public.
Orphan Wisdom is the online home of Stephen Jenkinson’s writing and teaching. It is a teaching house and a learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture. It is rooted in knowing history, being claimed by ancestry, working for a time we may not see. Jenkinson, who was featured in the film Griefwalker, has for a quarter century been guiding individuals, couples, families, and communities through all the human sufferings, sorrows, and confusions in life.
Caring Bridge is a nonprofit social network keeping families and loved ones connected during any type of health event. The CaringBridge mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. In 2012, CaringBridge expanded its services to include the SupportPlanner and an online volunteer community, the Amplifier Hub.
Share the Care
Share the Care provides a detailed, step-by-step model for creating a unique caregiver "family" from friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances. It helps you organize a team using a simple, easy-to-follow system and a workbook guide that guarantees every job will get done and no one person will have too much to do. Information is available via the web, or by the book of the same name.
Care Calendar is a web-based system that helps caregivers organize meals, rides, visits and other help for families during a time of illness or life changing event, such as the birth of a baby or death of a family member. It can also be used for long term situations, including homebound and caregiver respite care needs. Setting up a Care Calendar can let helpers stay informed, sign up to perform specific tasks, receive e-mail notifications, and get maps and driving directions.
A Greener Funeral
A Greener Funeral is intended as a general guide to green funerals. Environmentally-conscious “green” living may be one of the most beneficial movements in the world today, yet most people associate green only with living. For people who want to preserve the environment, green funerals and green burials provide a way to make the end of life more meaningful too. For many people, a greener funeral represents an ethical as well as philosophical choice. For others, it is a way to find value and significance in a simpler funeral process.