Talking About Death Won't Kill You
Talking about death won’t kill you. In fact, it might actually help you live a more intentional, connected, and meaningful life. Anxiety about death and dying is rampant in contemporary cultures wherein the pursuit of perpetual youth and happiness are prized and care for the dying and dead is removed from the rhythms of our daily lives. These anxieties make discussions of death and dying taboo, silencing important conversations about how to make the most of our finite lives, how to prepare for our own deaths, and how to support others as they face their own mortality. One way to lessen anxiety about death and dying is to actually talk more about it. And courageous people are doing this important work right now, all over the world. Our course will study various aspects of what has been dubbed the “death-positive movement,” including death cafes, end of life doulas, and institutes such as Going with Grace as well as Columbia University’s DeathLAB. Together, we will study the history of the death-positive movement, learn from some of its leading advocates, and collectively imagine innovative ways to incorporate informed, compassionate, and meaningful conversations about death and dying into our everyday lives..
Course taught by: Maegan Parker Brooks. Colloquium Associate: Lexie Burns.
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