“If life is a school, loss is a major part
of the curriculum." - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Grief is like a deep lake—we want to teach you
how to swim before you fall in.” - Judith Wester
Welcome to CEDAR,
Community Education in Death Awareness & Resources (CEDAR) was created to help people understand, accept and respond to death appropriately within their families, workplaces, neighbourhoods and communities. Whether or not you are bereaved, talking about death and loss to one another does not have to be difficult, uncomfortable or frightening. Once you learn how, it can be rewarding and fulfilling. CEDAR is here to help you do just that.
We have two purposes at CEDAR: The first is to help everyone, young or old, to learn how to talk about death, dying and loss in compassionate and supporting ways. Approached in the right way, talking about a loss or pending death can help promote healthy relationships and minimise distress. The second is to help professionals expand their general and specialist knowledge around the topics of death, grief and bereavement in a variety of social and cultural circumstances, whether speaking to a child, young person or adult.
Based in Shropshire, we give talks at community events, volunteer organisations, and health & wellbeing festivals.
We have classes for everyone from the professional or parent/carer to the young person with our Life Lessons.
This section will guide you through some of the questions we are often asked about what death education is and who should take a class. You can even ask your own questions for a later day and come back to find the answer!
CEDAR is developing special death education programmes for schools. These evidence-based programmes have been proven to be effective and important to young people. Find out more here.
Find out about our Youth Advisory Team and what they do. This peer-to- peer mentoring scheme takes the form of learning packs for secondary schools. Learn more about how to get some for your school here.