We have a library of books and leaflets to assist you and you are welcome to come in during office hours and browse the shelves and borrow what seems useful to you.


Age UK – – 01235 849434 or 0800 169 6565
Age Concern & Age Uk working together for older people.

A Natural Death Centre – – 01962 712 690
Free advice and information about death and dying helping people make informed choices about death and burial.

A Organ Donation – - 0300 1231107
Information about donating organs.  There is now an automatic process of retrieving some organs that you need to opt out from if you do not want this to happen.

Compassion in Dying - preparing for end of life.
0800 999 2434

Bereavement Advice Centre – – 01789 265077
Information and advice on practical concerns after death.

Child Bereavement UK – – 01494 568900
National organisation supporting families and training professionals in wide range of child bereavements.

Citizens Advice Bureau – 
Source of excellent free advice and have done a lot of work around funeral poverty.

Compassion in Dying - preparing for end of life.
0800 999 2434

Cruse – – 01865 245398
Free support to all bereaved people – information, counselling support and training services

DeathCafe Movement - .
website networking information about Death Cafes worldwide.

Dignity in - 020 7479 7730
Campaign to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill and mentally competent in the UK

Dying Matters – 08000 21 44 66
Set up by National Council for Palliative Care to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.
Community organisation caring for life, preparing for death. Not active now but useful resources remain. 

Final Fling – – 0845 2001132
A range of advice on life and death decisions.

Good Funeral Guide –  01372 436595
An independent, not-for-profit information resource.

Creative ideas for starting the conversation

A website for those coping with the trauma of a sudden death.  

Home Funeral Network -    

Horizon Research Foundation
Scientists researching near death experiences. 

Hospice UK - - 020 7520 8200
Information about hospice care nationally

Living and Dying Consciously – – 01736 799231

Living Well Dying Well – – 01273 479114
Training Doulas (companions) for the dying + Supporting families and individuals at the end of life and ‘Embracing Death and Dying’ courses for professionals and the public.

Maggie’s Centres – – 03001 231801
Centres for anyone affected by cancer – practical, emotional and psychological support. There is one in Oxford.

National Council for Palliative
Organisers of Dying Matters week and many other excellent initiatives

Natural Death Centre – – 01962 712 690
Free advice and information about death and dying helping people make informed choices about death and burial.

Organ Donation – - 0300 1231107
Information about donating organs.

Papyrus – – 0800 068 41 41
PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to preventing young suicides.

Samaritans – - 116123
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland. The telephone line is open 24 hours and drop in service. 020 7436 5881
Stillbirth and neonatal death charity

SeeSaw – – 01865 744768
An Oxfordshire charity providing grief support for children & families before and after a bereavement.

A Silence of Suicide – SOS – 0300 111 5065support before and after a suicide

Soul Midwives –
Spiritual and holistic companions to those facing the end of life.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide – – 0844 561 6855
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide exists to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

The Compassionate Friends – – 08451 232304
Charity of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents supporting others who have been similarly bereaved.

Transitus Network – 01258 475125
New network of people who consider the spiritual dimension of the death transition to be paramount.

Wiltshire Treehouse - - 01793 987105 – supporting children and young people who have been bereaved

Winstons Wish – – 08452 03 04 05
National childhood bereavement organization supporting children and families facing any kind of death.

Adrian Rooke -  0795 031 6218 - Addiction and Behavioural Specialist.


Downloadable Resources

Nearing the End of Life and End-of-Life Experiences by Sue Brayne and Dr. Peter Fenwick are both simple straight forward booklets packed with useful advice and information for friends, relatives and carers for those near the end of life.


Death, dying and bereavement

On Being Mortal

Atul Gawande

A Special Scare: The experience of people bereaved by suicide

Alison Werthimer

Living and Dying with Cancer

Angela Armstrong-Coster

What to Do when Someone Dies: Funeral Planning to Probate

Anne Wadey

A Grief Observed

CS Lewis

On Death and Dying

Elisabth Küber-Ross

Staring at the Sun: Psychology of Death & Death Anxiety

Irvin D Yalom

Standing on the Edge: Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide

Jerome Stewart

To Cause a Death: Recovering from Causing a Fatal Accident

Kelly Connor

Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life

Megory Anderson

Final Gifts

Maggie Callanan

Intimate Death: Howing Dying Teaches us to Live

Marie De Hennezel & Carol Janeway

I wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Survibg, Coping and Healing

Brook Noel & Pamela Blair

Death and the Migrant

Yasmin Gunaratnam

Who Gets Grandmother's Yellow Pie Plate: A Guide to Passing on Personal Possessions

Marlene S Stum

Home Death

Neil Dunn

Seven Choices: Finding Daylight after Loss Shatters your World

Elizabeth Harper Neeld

Death with Dignity: Meeting the Spiritual Needs of Patientsin a Multi-cutural Society

Jennifer Green

Last Orders: Essential Guide to Letter of Wishes

Patricia C Byron

The Art of Dying

Peter Fenwick

When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone

Phillip Gould

Dying to Know

Pilotlight (Dying Matters)

Life after Loss

Raymond Moody & Dianne Archangel

What Happens when we Die

Sam Parnia

Making an Exit: Death Rituals around the World

Sarah Murray

The Final Crossing: Learning to Die in Order to Live

Scott Eberle

When Someone Dies (designed for people with learning difficulties)

Sheila Hollins, Sandra Dowling, Noelle Blackman, illus. Cathering Brighton

When Mum Died (designed for people with learning difficulties)

Sheila Hollins, lester Sireling, illus. Beth Webb-Gaskell/St George's Hosp. Med. School

The D-Word: Talking about Dying

Sue Brayne


The Good Funeral Guide

Charles Cowling

We Need to Talk about the Funeral: 101 Practical Ways to Communicate and Celebrate a Life

Jane Morrell & Simon Smith, Green Fuse Funerals

Funerals without God

Jayne Wynne Willson (Humanist)

Guide to Natural Burial

Ken West

Do Not Go Gentle: Poems for Funerals

Neil Astley

The Dead Good Funeral Book

Sue Gill & John Fox

Excellent Film of a funeral too

Finding the right undertaker - NDC


Tenzin’s Deer

Barbara Soros, illus. Danuta Mayer

Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between

Bryan Mellonie & Robert Ingpen

The Gift

Carol Ann Duffy, illus. Rob Ryan

Talking with Children and Young People about Death and Dying

Jessica Kingsley

Someone Very Important Has Just Died

Mary Turner

Sad Book

Michael Rosen

The Tale of Little Panda's Cry

Pete Wallis, illus. Emily Milne Wallis

When Parents Die (for teenagers)

Rebecca Abrams

Death in a Nut

Retold by Eric Madden, illus. Paul Hess

A Child's Grief (supporting children after a death)

Winston's Wish

Hope Beyond the Headlines (supporting children bereaved by murder)

Winston's Wish

Beyond the Rough Rock (supporting children bereaved by suicide)

Winston's Wish

As Big as it Gets (supporting children when someone is terminally ill)

Winston's Wish


In the Presence of Grief: Helping Families

Dorothy Becvar

Recognising Spiritual Needs in people who are Dying

Rachel Stanworth

Drama & Movement therapy

Social Care Institute for Excellence


Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead and Mourn as a Jew

Anita Diamant

Facing Death and Finding Hope

Christine Longaker

The Earth has a Soul

CG Jung

What to Do when a Muslim Dies

Duas in Arabic with transliteration and English translation

The Remembrance of Death and Afterlife

Imam Al Ghazali, trans. TJ Winter, Islamic Texts Society

Messages and Miracles: Extraordinary Experiences of the Bereaved

Louis LaGrand

The Celtic Wheel of the Year

Tess Ward

Is There a Christian Case for Assisted Dying?

Paul Badham

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Sogyal Rinpoche

The Pagan Book of Living and Dying

Starhawk & M Macha NightMare

Healing into Life and Death/ Who Dies?

Stephen Levine

Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral

Thomas G Long (not just for Christians)


Dementia Positive

John Killick

Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's: One Daughter's Hopeful Story

Lauren Kessler

Jan's Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer's

Barry Peterson

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for...

Nancy Mace & Peter Rabins

Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything

JSally Magnusson

The Gift of Alzheimer's

Maggie La Tourelle & Neale Walsch

"I have had so many compliments over the funeral and the setting.  Just such a special spot and a lovely way to say goodbye.  It got a lot of people thinking about their own plans!" PC