The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death
by Annie Kagan

Being a Wounded Healer: How to Heal Ourselves While We are Healing Others
by Douglas Smith

Blessed is She: Elder Care Women’s Stories of Choice, Challenge and Commitment
by Nanette J. Davis, Ph.D.

The Call: Awakening the Angelic Human
by Toni Elizabeth Sar’h Petrinovich

Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal
by Beth Witrogen McLeod

Comfort Touch: Massage for the Elderly and the Ill
by Mary Kathleen Rose

The Death Class: A Story About Life
by Erika Hayasaki

Death without Denial, Grief without Apology
by Barbara K. Roberts

Easy Death: Spiritual Wisdom on the Ultimate Transcending of Death and Everything Else
by Adi Da Samraj

Embraced By The Light
by Betty Jean Eadie

Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality
by Pauline W. Chen, M.D.

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communication of the Dying and Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life
by Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley

Hannah’s Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived
by Maria Housden

Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death
by Erica Brown

The Joy of Dying: Find Out What Really Happens Next!
by Roberta Grimes

The Last Goodnights
by John West

Living Into Dying: A Journal of Spiritual and Practical Deathcare for Family and Community
by Nancy Jewel Poer

Many Lives, Many Masters
by Brian Weiss

May I Walk You Home? Courage and Comfort for Caregivers of the Very Ill
by Joyce Hutchison & Joyce Rupp

The Miracle of Death
by Betty J. Kovacs

Mourning Has Broken: A Collection of Creative Writing about Grief and Healing
by Mara Koven & Liz Pearl (Ed.)

Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring
by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Peaceful Transition: The Art of Conscious Dying & the Liberation of the Soul
by Dr. Bruce Goldberg

Sacred Passage: How to Provide Fearless, Compassionate Care for the Dying
by Margaret Coberly, Ph.D., RN.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rimpoche

To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed
by Alix Kates Shulman

Ways to Live Forever
by Sally Nicholls

Why Wait? Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially and Legally for the Death of a Parent
by Carolyn A. Brent

Cancer Related

Annie Appleseed Project
Ann Fonfa, a feisty breast cancer survivor, began this Project in 1999 to plant seeds of information that could offer hope to people with cancer (“alternative and complementary medicine from a patient’s perspective”).

Cancer Life Line

Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a network of cancer treatment hospitals and facilities that works to improve quality of life and restore hope.

Caring Bridge
CaringBridge® is a nonprofit, free online web service that connects family and friends during a critical illness, treatment or recovery.

Diindolylmethane, Natural Immune Booster, DIM
An immune system booster like Diindolylmethane is an excellent natural immune booster. Learn how DIM can aid your cancer prevention diet.

Dr. Lorraine Day
Dr. Day developed “Ten Natural Laws of Health” after reversing her severe, advanced breast cancer through natural healing methods.

Harmony Hill
Harmony Hill is a retreat center for cancer patients and survivors. It is located on the Olympic Peninsula near Union, WA. The center includes four beautiful walking labyrinths.

National Cancer Institute

What Matters Now
This is a site where you or your loved one experiencing a serious illness can create a free website to update family & friends, share what’s really going on in your lives, and reflect deeply and nourish your spirit.

Wings Cancer Foundation

Conscious Living

Aging With Dignity – Five Wishes
This is the Five Wishes Document web page. This popular document helps you get the care you want, when you need it. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to a person’s medical, personal, emotional, and spiritual needs. You are encouraged to look into these five questions now, when you can decipher for yourself what you would desire in the future, then discuss them with your family and physician(s). You can order a copy of this document by going here.

Consciousness and Water – Dr. Masaru Emoto
Dr. Emoto is a Japanese man who has dedicated his life to the research and study of water – something few have attempted to do. The mystery of water is something few have attempted to explain, and Dr. Emoto is doing a fine job. More recently, his grandsons have inspired him to speak out about world peace, too. He has a new campaign to spread the word about the consciousness of water through the children of the world.

Death Cafe Worldwide Movement
This is a unique movement that began almost two years ago in Switzerland, then moved the U.K., to help people speak about death in a good way. Over 100 death cafes have taken place around the world, and Maria helped start the first one in Sedona, AZ on June 1st 2013.

Facing Death
This is the most powerful piece on “bringing death and grief back to life” that Maria has ever seen–her new teacher and mentor, Gangaji. A true gift.

This is another powerful film (documentary) about the Canadian cancer and hospice counselor and shaman, Stephen Jenkinson, who helps us remember that in everything and every relationship there is an ending. Therefore, death is our most profound teacher.

Living Well and Dying Healthy
John Shier is a Registered Nurse with a message. He became a nurse in his third career, after serving as a hospice volunteer after a close friend’s death. Working with hospice, he noticed that many of his patients had brought on their conditions themselves. He then re-examined the questions of health, disease, and the American healthcare system. Now he speaks all over the country about his findings.

Mark The Moment: Re-Creating Holidays and Honoring Life Transitions
You can transform annual events and life’s significant transitions from mundane to magical: read examples and be motivated to be a leader and innovator in your family, business and community at this website by Paula Pugh.

The Reb Zalman Legacy Project
Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi is the author of many books. He co-authored From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older, a most helpful work in the area of conscious living.

Sacred Art of Living Center
This is an education and retreat center that encourages people to deepen their spiritual experiences. It also challenges people to transform their life’s priorities.
This is the most complete guide to information about Self Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. Maria’s page can be found here.

Soul Support Systems
Flo Aeveia Magdalena has developed a fascinating technique called Soul Recognition that helps us “ride the wave of the soul”. You might also be interested in her book, I Remember Union: The Story of Mary Magdalena, a book based on her visions of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalena.

Stage of Life
Stage of Life is a site built on a simple concept–provide a community where people between high school and retirement have the chance, no matter their stage of life, to come together and share wisdom and stories while also getting special deals and discounts tailored to their stage of life.

End of Life

Canadian Virtual Hospice
Canadian Virtual Hospice is an interactive network for people dealing with life-threatening illness and loss. You do need to register with them before you go into the web site.

Hard Choices
This web site is about the book Hard Choices for Loving People and is meant to provide some guidance through education for professionals, patients, and their families regarding end-of-life decisions. It covers topics like CPR, artificial feeding tubes, hospice, living wills, nursing home placement, ventilators, and dialysis. Other related topics like bioethics, death and dying, and the emotional and spiritual issues surrounding the end-of-life are interwoven into this educational web site.

Healing Environments
A “healing environment” is one that offers sustenance to the soul and gives meaning to experience. It helps those who are suffering transcend their pain by connecting to the universal through the transformative power of beauty and art; and it gives comfort through this connection. Healing Environments is committed to supporting the current movement toward holistic medicine–toward treating the whole patient: Body, mind, and spirit. They encourage hospitals, hospices, and individuals to nourish patients, families, and caregivers with healing environments.

Hospice Education Institute
This is an independent, non-profit organization that serves the public and health care professionals with information and education about many aspects of caring for the dying and the bereaved. You may call (800)331-1620 with your questions.

Nikki Hospice Foundation For Pets
The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets is the first official, non-profit organization of its kind in the nation. It has been founded in response to a need which is becoming ever more prominent in our society. Its main purpose is “to encourage the provision of hospice care for dying pets, so that pet owners who do not wish to choose euthanasia when their animals are about to depart this life or who wish to postpone it can care for them in the home environment–under veterinary supervision and with adequate pain management and/or symptom control.”

Peaceful Passages
Peaceful Passages is an organization in New Jersey devoted to helping people die in as natural and holistic way as possible. They help people utilize Complementary Therapies such as massage, healing touch, aroma and music therapies as part of their end-of-life experiences. Through them, you can order a small book called Peaceful Passages that shares sixty short, real life stories about people who have successfully utilized these therapies at the end of their lives.

Samaritan Hospice
Samaritan Hospice was founded in 1980 in New Jersey and is a non-for-profit organization that contributes to the health and well being of the community. It is a leader in hospice, palliative care, grief support, education, advocacy, and other life-enhancing services.

Seattle Chapter of the International Association for Near-Death Studies
This Chapter meets usually on the first Saturday of each month at the Catholic Community Center in Seattle. Anywhere from eighty to one hundred individuals who have experienced near death experiences gather to share their stories and to support one another in coping their expanded sense of reality. You can read many stories about actual NDEs on this web site.

Zen Hospice Project
This is the web site for the Zen Hospice Project. They are inspired by a 2500 year-old tradition, and provide a spectrum of innovative programs including volunteer services, residential care, and trainings that seek to cultivate wisdom and compassion through service.


Bereavement Publications, Inc.
This is the web site and online catalog for Living With Loss: Hope and Healing for the Body, Mind, and Spirit. This magazine is intended to be a “support group in print,” a friend who arrives in the mailbox six times a year. Andrea Gambill founded it in 1987 after years of support group leadership and grief counseling. Having lost her own seventeen-year-old daughter in 1976, Andrea started one of the first support groups of The Compassionate Friends.

Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends is a national organization based in Oakbrook, IL. Their mission is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age. They also provide information to help others be supportive. They are a self-help support organization, and have no religious affiliation. They charge no membership dues or fees.

Crisis, Grief, & Healing
This is a web site to help you understand the different paths to heal from strong emotions. Tom Golden, internationally known psychotherapist, author, and speaker on the topic of healing from loss, shares his insights and books, etc. From his book titles, it seems that he specializes in the masculine aspects of grief.

Dougy Center
Located in Portland, OR, The Dougy Center is the first center in the U.S. to provide peer support groups for grieving children. They have served 14,000 children, teens, and families since 1982, and provide support and training to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.

EriChad Grief Support
EriChad is a web site that provides resources for bereaved parents.

Grief Coach Academy
This is an approach to grief work that was developed by Aurora Winter, a survivor of grief herself: Her husband died at age 33, and she was left with their 4-year-old son. She now has developed the first coach training school devoted to training coaches on how to coach their clients through grief. Her books include From Heartbreak to Happiness, Grief Relief in 30 Minutes, and the Grief Relief Workbook.

Healing Care Resources
This site is filled with insights into the nature of soul, and how healing comes to those who seek it.

Healing Hearts for Bereaved Parents
Healing Hearts for Bereaved Parents is an organization to support parents whose children have died. Parents whose children have died as a result of a miscarriage or stillbirth are also welcome.

This Is A War
This web site is dedicated to helping bereaved children recover. It gives a great deal of information on various aspects of grief and loss and has many links you may go to.

WidowNet is an information and self-help resource for and by widows and widowers.

Young Widow
Young Widow is the original and only interactive website and nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to young widows and widowers.


Ann Taylor
Ann can help you heal through eliminating thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you–conscious and unconscious–and replace them with positive ones. Check out her FREE gift on her home page.

Braco, Silent Gaze Healer
Braco is a Croatian man, with a beautiful soul who is committed to loving service through his silent gaze. For more than sixteen years people have been streaming into Zabreb, Croatia, to experience the extraordinary through the simple act of gazing with this man called Braco – pronouned “Braht-zoh” and meaning “Little Brother” in Croatian. While Braco does not call himself a healer, many have experienced profound healings through silently gazing with this gentle man of great power. He now travels regularly to the US, and has quite a following in North America as well.

L.D. Porter
L.D. Porter has touched hundreds of thousands of people worldwide with his psychic healing for over 30 years. He specializes in alternative approaches for healing cancer. He also teaches his form of healing through his books over the Internet. He has authored two top-selling books, including The Genesis Keys.

Master Trivedi
Over the last sixteen years, 150,000 people around the world have received Energy Transmissions from Mahendra Kumar Trivedi, a remarkable man from India who has the ability to help people heal and move forward through different kinds of transformations in their lives. Master Trivedi now has centers in New York City as well as Scottsdale, Arizona.

Panache Desai
Panache Desai, a young man born and raised in the U.K. with deeply spiritual roots, serves as “an example to all that no matter what your life experiences are or how you feel about yourself we are all divine with amazing gifts and abilities.” It is Panache’s desire to make that which was once only accessible to a few people, available to all humankind.

Sandra Ingerman, Shaman

Tom Cowan
Tom is a shamanic practitioner specializing in Celtic visionary and healing techniques.

Healing Tools

Integrative Therapies

Access Consciousness
“Running the Bars” is one of the energy work modalities that Maria practices. It comes out of Access Consciousness, which was developed by Gary Douglas over 20 years ago. Their favorite questions to pose are: “How does it get any better than this?” and “What else is possible?”

Alternatives Gateway
This website, developed by Pete Esquinaldo of Orlando, FL, helps provide you with easy access to Body-Mind-Spirit practitioners and resources. He also has a free three-month trial membership for those interested.

Matrix Energetics
Richard Bartlett has developed a new method for transformation which comes out of his personal transformation as a chiropractor turned out-of-the-box healer.

Reiki is a form of “laying on of hands” rediscovered by a Japanese man named Mikao Usui. It was brought to the U.S. through Ms. Takata of Hawaii.

Theta Healing
Vianna Stibal, a medical intuitive, discovered theta Healing in 1995 when she was working on her own healing from leukemia. She has published two books and gives workshops around the world on Theta Healing.

More Healing Tools

Amega Healing Tools
The Amega healing wand is “the Mother of All Healing Tools” that incorporates the Zero Point Frequency–quantum physics at its best! Join the Self-Care Revolution by using these amazing products: the healing wand, a pendant, a bracelet, a DNA activator (food), and brine (liquid sea salt from the Himalayas). Maria is a distributor for these special products; please contact her if you have questions and if you’d like to join her team.

Art as a Spiritual Path: Mandalas
Jane Hendrickson, a mandala facilitator, heals using transpersonal psychology. For more information, take a look at her beautiful website. It’s healing just to visit it!

Kangen Water
Kangen Water is “antioxidant water” aka “electrolyzed reduced water” developed in Japan. Drinking Kangen Water helps keep us healthy by neutralizing free radicals in the body. If you’re interested in purchasing a machine, contact Maria.

Labyrinths (and finger labyrinths) are ancient tools for healing that are resurfacing in our time. Look for one in your neighborhood and try walking it. If you cannot walk, find a finger labyrinth and trace it with your finger! For more info, see pp. 202-203 of Maria’s book, The Last Adventure of Life (2nd ed.).

Sacred Geometry Jewelry
The I-Connect, Heart Companions, and other sacred geometry pieces are helping people connect deeper to their high selves, their hearts, and their full beings such that their health and wealth improve as their lives accelerate in positive directions.

Soul Baskets
These are Maria Dancing Heart’s transformational, healing Soul Baskets that include the body-mind-spirit products that are perfect for self-care through transitions of all kinds.

Young Living Essential Oils
Founded by D. Gary Young in 1993, Young Living Essential Oils is world renowned for exceptionally high-quality essential oils, dietary supplements, personal care products, and other unique solutions for healthy lifestyles. This page has more information on the oils and how to order them from Maria.


Diamond Alignment
The Diamond Alignment is a unique method developed by Jacqueline Joy to help you connect powerfully to your inner center in just 6 minutes. You can go to her site and experience this for yourself. Then, you may want to sign up and make it a daily practice. Jacqueline also works/plays with the Diamond in a variety of ways.

Health Journeys (Guided Meditations)
These beautiful guided imagery CDs offer relaxation and facilitate an inner journey, taking a person from a place of fear to a place of love, while at the same time allowing for emotions of sadness, loss, and grief. Individuals who listen to these CDs–Ease Pain, Ease Grief, or Peaceful Dying–frequently describe increased feelings of peace and comfort.

Carolyn McManus
Carolyn is a physical therapist who has developed and teaches “mindfulness meditation” through her own experience with back pain.

Seattle Insight Meditation Society
This is the website for Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS). They are a nonprofit organization devoted to offering the Buddha’s teachings on insight and awareness to all who seek them. SIMS was founded by a group of longtime practitioners of the teachings of the Buddha. They intend to create an open and cohesive spiritual community to support the practice of mindfulness in daily life.

Natural Funerals

A Fine Farewell
Marian Spadone makes beautiful, unique handmade burial shrouds for burial and cremation. She encourages people to care for their loved ones and animals at home, bringing death back into life to where it belongs!

Bios Urn
Bios Urns are new, bio degradable urns that can help you memorialize your pets and loved ones by growing a pine tree with the remains. This is an elegant, simple solution that breathes new life into the environment.

Final Passages
The founder of this company is a minister, reiki master, and death midwife who has pioneered the field of home funeral guidance. In the past ten years JerriGrace has assisted more than 250 families in Sonoma and other counties in California through their home or family-directed funeral arrangements. She has appeared in USA Today, was interviewed on FOX and CNN Headline News, and is featured in a new PBS documentary called “A Family Undertaking.” JerriGrace is available for workshops and speaking/teaching engagements.

Nancy Jewel Poer
Nancy Jewel Poer is also involved in Natural Funeral Services.

Natural Transitions Funeral Guidance
This organization helps families to direct their own funerals. The mission is to reclaim after-death care for families and communities, empowering them to make choices that are more meaningful, affordable, and environmentally conscious. Their team includes a former hospice worker, an end-of-life caregiver, and a healer and energy worker.

Nature’s Casket
Our goal at Nature’s Casket is to provide simple, yet elegant, eco-caskets with a minimal environmental footprint.

Spirit Weight
A hand-blown glass memorial.


Arizona Senior Living

Assisted Living Facilities
Offers a directory of assisted living communities and other senior care and housing information.

Best Senior Dating Sites
Educating senior citizens on safe online dating practices.

Providing a wealth of credible information about home care, assisted living homes, palliatve care and more.

National Assisted Living Directory
A free information resource for Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s, and long-term care.
This organization has been very helpful when families are struggling to make the right decision for their parent’s future care.