Some recommended reading from the OSHO Sammasati ‘library’ with comments from Maneesha and/or Amazon reviews. Osho books are shown at the beginning.

Please feel free to add your recommendations including what you particularly appreciate about the book in the Comments section at the end of this page.


How to Have a Good Death

(foreword by Esther Rantzen)


Preparing & planning, with informed choices & practical advice     An Endemol production BBC

Content – Chapters: How do people die * Communication & Coping Emotionally * Caring for someone who is dying * Bereavement & Mourning * Funerals & Memorial Services * Planning for your death

The Good Funeral Guide

Charles Cowling


The Good Funeral Guide is the first ever independent consumer guide to the funeral industry. It is for anyone who:

– needs to arrange a funeral for someone now

– has sick or elderly relatives or friends and knows that a funeral is imminent

– wants to find a good funeral director and have some say in the funeral itself

– wants to make future arrangements for their own funeral

– would like to learn about deaths and funerals

Authoritative, impartial and empowering, it is indispensable for those who don’t want a conventional religious ceremony and invaluable for those who do. This is a book we will all need – probably at least twice.

The Natural Death Handbook

The Natural Death Centre


The essential and influential guide covering the practical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying, now in its fifth edition.

Completely revised and expanded, the Natural Death Handbook now includes a collection of essays by eminent writers, and a directory of UK and Ireland natural burial grounds, progressive funeral directors and suppliers of green coffins and urns.

Together these three books make an indispensable guide for those in need of practical advice, reassurance and inspiration.

Buy it here.

Dealing with Death, Funerals, Wills and Bereavement: What to do when somebody dies A Practical Guide

Roger Jones

Roger Jones wrote this book after experiencing bereavement himself and having to face many of the associated dilemmas and problems unprepared. Already an experienced and widely published author, he decided to share his experiences with others so that they would be better prepared when their turn comes.

[*Who should take charge when someone die? Who needs to be informed of the death? How do you set about arranging the funeral? What role does the undertaker play? What happens to the deceased’s property and other assets?

If you don’t know the answer to these questions eventually you will find out. But how much better it would be if you have a clearer idea of what to expect before it happens.

This is a UK publication so there may be some details that are not applicable elsewhere.


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