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DEATH EDUCATION FOR EVERYBODY

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topics in death education

How Dying Works

Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief

Rarely are we taught the facts about how dying works, even though that understanding can sooth anxiety around the topic. 


  • Medical knowledge
  • What dying looks like 
  • What dying feels like
  • Postmortem science
  • Natural death vs. traumatic death 


Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief

We are most capable of working through things we understand. Too many folks are never taught about grief until they're amid loss. 


  • Psychology of grief
  • Cognitive and physical effects of grief
  • Strategies for navigating grief and finding support
  • Nurturing someone who is grieving


Community Practices

Understanding Grief

Human Rights & Dignity

When someone dies, everyone matters. Through open conversations and building traditions, we can work through death together in a compassionate way.


  • How to help someone in the wake of loss
  • Communicating without awkwardness 
  • Importance of continued contact and support
  • Community-based funerals

Human Rights & Dignity

Human Rights & Dignity

Human Rights & Dignity

You are a human; whether sick, healthy, or dying. Your autonomy and human rights matter. If a loved one dies, there remain many rights around how to take care of their body and honor their final wishes. 


  • Preserving your culture 
  • LGBT rights in deathcare
  • Advanced directives for dignity and grace
  • Vigil and burial planning 
  • Support and legacy planning for survivors

Aging & Caring

Human Rights & Dignity

Environmental Impact

A strong society includes all generations and teaches about the stages of life. In the years of advanced aging, a person's way of thinking, their needs, and their habits may change. They adopt new priorities and face physiological challenges.


  • Connecting with Alzheimer's and dementia patients
  • Preparing for end-of-life
  • Capturing legacy work 
  • The transition from aging to dying

Environmental Impact

Human Rights & Dignity

Environmental Impact

All human beings carry a responsibility to be good stewards of the earth. Honoring environmental ethos requires informed and intentional choices about the care of bodies after death. 


  • How to have a low-impact death
  • Why embalming and burial vaults should be avoided
  • Finding providers and locations in Ohio


Organizations

END-OF-LIFE CARE

HOME VIGIL / FUNERAL & NATURAL BURIAL

HOME VIGIL / FUNERAL & NATURAL BURIAL

HOME VIGIL / FUNERAL & NATURAL BURIAL

HOME VIGIL / FUNERAL & NATURAL BURIAL

HOME VIGIL / FUNERAL & NATURAL BURIAL

END-OF-LIFE PLANNING

HOME VIGIL / FUNERAL & NATURAL BURIAL

END-OF-LIFE PLANNING

DEATH ACCEPTANCE

DEATH ACCEPTANCE

END-OF-LIFE PLANNING

GRIEF SUPPORT

DEATH ACCEPTANCE

LOCAL CREATIVES

LOCAL CREATIVES

DEATH ACCEPTANCE

LOCAL CREATIVES