Bethesda Friends Meeting

end of life resources

The passage from life to death is one of the most difficult we all face, both for ourselves and for our families and friends.  Bethesda Friends Meeting is working to do more to help individuals approach this transition with spiritual support as well as practical suggestions.  The links provided below will take you to materials on preparing for end-of-life, support for the dying and the bereaved, and actions to be taken after death.

"Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure...

...This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal."

William Penn, 1693

Preparing Ourselves and Our Loved Ones for Death

                        - End of Life Decisions and Quaker Testimonies (pdf)

                        - Five Wishes and the Five Wishes Document (Online links. BFM has free copies available)

                        - Queries: For Explorations on Living and Dying Well from Baltimore Yearly Meeting (pdf)

- Readings on Embracing Our Mortality (pdf)

Children and Death, by John Graham Pole, Friends Journal, August 1, 2017

- Readings on Care at End of Life (pdf)
Readings on Loss, Grief and Bereavement (pdf)

- Friends Journal: The Art of Dying and the After Life, August 2017

Readings on Talking about Death with Children (pdf)  


Some end-of-life resources have been drawn from the following:

  • Baltimore Yearly Meeting
  • Langley Hill Friends Meeting
  • Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
  • Sandy Spring Friends Meeting

Bethesda Friends Meeting

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

We are a member organization of the Religious Society of Friends
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