Touch and Massage

Recognizing Health and Illness: Pathology for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers; by Sharon Burch, Health Positive! Inc., 1979; PO Box 3818, Lawrence, KS 66046.

Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer; by Gayle MacDonald; Scotland: Findhorn Press, 1999. 503/288-2943.

Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Fragile Client; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2004.

From the Heart Through the Hands: The Power of Touch in Caregiving; by Dawn Nelson; Findhorn Press, 2001; available through Natural Touch Marketing, 2000; PO Pox 1876; Olympia, WA 98507; 800/754-9790. www.fromtheheartthroughthehands.com

Comfort Touch; Massage for the Elderly and the Ill; by Mary Kathleen Rose; Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins 2010

Death, Dying and Grief

AIDS The Ultimate Challenge; by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross; New York: MacMillan, 1987. Irene Smith is the author of Chapter 9 ; a moving account of Irene’s early years as a massage therapist in the AIDS epidemic.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross; all books are worth reading; many languages available www.ekrfoundation.org/

The Grace in Dying; by Kathleen Dowling Singh, Harper Collins, 2000.

Last Acts of Kindness; by Judith Redwing Keyssar; available through Transformations In Care 2010


Hospital-based Massage Network Newsletter; 5 Old Town Square; Suite 205; Fort Collins, CO 80524; 970/407-9232 or 970/225-9217 (Fax).


Touch, Caring and Cancer; by William Collinge PhD; DVD and Instructional book 2009 www.partnersinhealing.net

Compassionate Touch: Benefits and Effects in Relating to the Dying/Benefits and Effects in Long Term Care; by Dawn Nelson; Order from Info for People; 1-800-754-9790.

Christmas With Chuck: the Emotional Impact of Working with the Dying; 2002; Order from Info for People; 1-800-754-9790.

Comfort Touch; 34-minute video or DVD with 40 page video guide; written and produced by Mary Kathleen Rose. Comfort Touch PO Box 2455 Longmont, CO 80502. or www.comforttouch.com

Sensitive Massage-Reclaiming the Human Touch in CaregivingDVD; by Ann Catlin 2009 www.compassionate-touch.org


Massage & Bodywork, Bimonthly; Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals; 1271 Sugarbush Dr.; Evergreen, CO 80439; 800/458-2267; www.abmp.com

Nurse Healers – Professional Associates, Intl.; 33760 South Highland Dr., #429; Salt Lake City, UT 84106; 801/273-3399; www.therapeutic-touch.org

Massage Magazine online www.futurelmt.com/ and www.massagemag.com/


www.mettainstitute.org — Metta Institute was established to provide education on spirituality in dying. Inspired by the Buddhist tradition we encourage the integration of the spiritual dimensions of living, dying and transformation through professional training, educational programs and materials.

www.ekrfoundation.com — Death and Dying

www.medicinehands.com — Massage for People Living with Cancer

www.compassionate-touch.org — Touch for the Elderly, the Ill and the Dying; training and educational resources.

www.thresholdchoir.org — Threshold Choir sings at the bedside of the dying; founded and directed by Kate Munger.

http://stangoldbergwriter.com/ — Stan Goldberg Ph.D., "How to Deal With End of Life, Dying, Death, Grief, Bereavement and Recovery"

www.nhpco.org — Website of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The best and most easily navigated listing of hospices around the country. This is the one the other sites link up to. They also sponsor the following hotline.

www.hospiceinfo.org — Website of the National Hospice Foundation, an organization dedicated to "expand America’s vision for end-of-life care." This is a source of much practical information, such as an explanation of Medicare benefits and guidelines on how to select a hospice program that is right for your needs.

www.nationalhospicefoundation.org — National Hospice Foundation; 1700 Diagonal Rd.; Suite 300; Alexandria, VA 22314; 703/516-4928; 703/525-5762 (Fax)

www.hospicenet.org — Website featuring well-formatted, excellent articles on a number of hospice-related topics under the headings: Services, Patients, Caregivers, and Bereavement, as well as answers to FAQs. Also has a listing of hospices worldwide.

www.hospiceweb.com — Website answering FAQs and featuring links to numerous hospice related sites covering an extremely wide variety of topics, such as Studies of the Bardo, Bereavement Counseling, Hospice Care Discussion Group, and Hospice Law.

www.growthhouse.org — Award winning website dedicated to end-of-life care with a full range of resources for the layman and professional on such issues as palliative care, death with dignity, grief, and information on specific illnesses, links to other sites, and a book-store.

www.hospicevolunteerassociation.org/ — An online training institute; social network and association for hospice volunteers.