Death Positive Library

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Dying Matters Week is an annual event in May to help raise awareness of the importance of talking about death, dying and bereavement. In 2020, the week will run from 11 – 17 May and the theme is “Dying to be Heard”.

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for people to be able to talk about death more than ever. Newcastle, Redbridge and Kirklees library services are working together in collaboration with researchers from Northumbria University on a programme of events for Dying Matters Week, #DyingToBeHeard. This is part of a bigger project funded through The Engaging Libraries programme which is administered by Carnegie Trust, Wolfson Foundation.

Book Lists and Support Websites

eBook Collection

  • Coping with bereavement
  • Doughty, Caitlin Smokes gets in your eyes
  • Gawande, Atul Being Mortal
  • Grollman, Earl A. Talking about death
  • Halifax, Joan Being with the dying
  • Holloway, Richard Waiting for the last bus
  • Kicker-Ross, Elisabeth Questions and answers on death and dying
  • Leimbach, Claire The intimacy of death and dying
  • Mannix, Kathryn With the end in mind
  • Mayfield, Kate The undertaker’s daughter
  • McKissock, Diane Coping with grief
  • Rice, Margaret A good death
  • Roach, Mary Stiff
  • Robertson, Ray How to die
  • Taylor, Cory Dying a memoir
  • Tisdale, Sallie Advice for the dying
  • Todd, Kenneth & McKenzie, Kenneth Mortuary confidential

Titles in the collection cover the topic of death, dying and grief.

They are available to borrow via BorrowBox with your library card number and PIN.

Book List

We have also put together a wider book list around the topic. Please be aware that not all of these titles will be available as eBooks through Newcastle Libraries.

Support List

The Love After Death team have put together a list of support websites for death, dying and bereavement.


We were delighted to host Dr Kathryn Mannix online talking about her Sunday Times bestselling book 'With the End in Mind'.


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