Course Features

  • Intellectual stimulation

    Offered at the top universities in the country, this course curriculum is designed to help you build a personal relationship with death based on cultural, philosophical, and historical perspectives.

  • Work at Your Own Pace

    We've created this course to allow you to learn and grow at your own pace. Take your time to learn and integrate the material, or move through with ease. In this flexible curriculum, you can access videos and lessons whenever you want.

  • Course Structure

    Each module includes a multi-media lesson complete with videos to review, movies and documentaries to watch, and questions to consider, deepening your relationship with death and thus, life.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1: The last taboo?

    • About this course

    • The last taboo?

    • Death Attitudes Questionnaire

  • 2

    International Perspectives on Death and Dying

    • International Perspectives on Death and Dying

    • Cultural Influences on Conceptions of Death and Dying

    • Customs-Beliefs-Death-Dying

  • 3

    Death and Dying in Contemporary Culture

    • Death and Dying in Contemporary Culture

    • Death Dying Dead Popular Culture

  • 4

    Historical and philosophical shifts in perspectives on death

    • Historical and Philosophical Shifts in Perspectives on Death

    • Death and Dying in Contemporary America

  • 5

    Existentialism and death

    • Existentialism and Death

    • Existentialism and Death

  • 6

    What dies?

    • What dies?

  • 7

    The Art of Science

    • The Art of Science

    • The Promise of a Good Death

  • 8

    An old/new movement

    • An old/new movement

    • Live Your Way, Die Your Way

  • 9

    Building a personal relationship with death

    • Building a personal relationship with death

    • 10 Questions to Ask Yourself for a Peaceful Living and a Graceful Dying

    • A Death Plan

  • 10

    Being with dying, being with death

    • Being with dying, being with death

    • Stages of Grief Explained

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Testimonials

Hear what our students are saying about The Art of Dying

“This course is comprehensive without being overwhelming or repetitive. It is a great introduction to studying/working with Death. I appreciate the diversity in materials (articles, videos...) and it's inclusion of reflection questions. This course has helped me to look at death on a cultural and personal level. I highly recommend this course to everyone.”

Juliette

“I learned a lot. There were some eye-opening cultural aspects to dying that I'd never been exposed to. I appreciated this exposure as well as the chance to contemplate my own situation more fully. I took this course as I've just lost one parent and the other is close to death. During this period of time my daughter is having a baby. I'm in the midst of the stream of life and death and I want to be less afraid of loss, more open to life and see the connection of living and dying more completely. Thank you.”

Nancy

“This course gave many different perspectives on death and dying that was educational and worth learning about.”

Alexis