Support and Counseling
The UCSF Cancer Resource Center has a list of bereavement support groups, counselors, hospice and other organizations dealing with end-of-life issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please call the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693 for the most updated list.
The following materials are available for a two-week loan period at the Cancer Resource Center. You also can buy them online or at any major bookstore.
- Bereaved Children and Teens, by Earl Grollman (Beacon Press, 1995)
- The Courage to Laugh, by Allen Klein (Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1998)
- Dying Well, by Dr. Ira Byock (Riverhead Books, 1997)
- Handbook for Mortals, by Dr. Joanne Lynn and Dr. Joan Harrold (Oxford University Press, 1999)
- How We Die, by Sherwin B. Nuland (Vintage Books, 1993)
- Intoxicated by My Illness, by Anatole Broyard (Fawcett Columbine, 1992)
- Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen (Bantam Books, 1983)
- Talking About Death: A Dialogue between Parent and Child, by Earl Grollman (Beacon Press, 1990)
- The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche (Harper San Francisco, 1993)
- Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom (Doubleday, 1997)
- When Someone Very Special Dies, by Marge Heegard (Woodland Press, 1988)
- "Death Is Not an Outrage," by Ram Doss (audio).
- "Health Journeys for People Experiencing Grief," by Belleruth Naparstek (audio).
- "A New Vision of Living and Dying," by Sogyal Rinpoche (video).
- "On Our Own Terms," by Bill Moyers (video).
For additional information and to check out these materials, please visit:
Cancer Resource Center
1600 Divisadero St., First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
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