Thinking differently

In this section we invite people from diverse cultures and walks of life to write about different ways of thinking about death, whether it is from a religious or philosophical perspective or a new way of thinking about one of life’s greatest mysteries.This is the place to come when you want a different perspective on death. It is a good place to learn about some social and cultural views and perspectives about death that you may be unfamiliar with.Please contact us if you are interested in hearing from a particular social, cultural or ethnic group. Let us know if you get something beneficial from of our Chronicles and please pass-it-on

K is for KUBLER-ROSS

The A – Z of Death – K is for Kübler-Ross. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist working with terminally ill patients in the 1960s. Her book, On Death and Dying outlines five stages that terminally ill patients go through: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. This model has been taken out of context and applied to grieving in general, leading to a popular assumption that the bereaved go through a linear process of recovery. Although the model can be…

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This ticket is for booking both Part 1, How To Talk About Death In Healthy Ways and Part 2, Understanding Grief, together. You receive a £50 discount, meaning the workshops cost £250 rather than £300. Book via Eventbrite by clicking this link

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Building confidence and resilience to deal with life’s greatest challenges–death, dying and loss. Book by clicking this link to Eventbrite Day 2: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 (£150 or £125 w/discount) Understanding Grief will: • Extend your knowledge of how grief affects the individual, workplace or community • Improve your ability to console the bereaved • Review notions of time and how to use them • Help you understand the behaviours of the bereaved • Explore the meaning of Legacy •…

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How to talk about death in healthy ways  These workshops are designed to develop highly effective communication for teachers, healthcare professionals, parents and anyone wanting to improve his/her discussions around death, dying and loss. Saying the right thing at the right time can make a huge difference and help keep a team mentally and emotionally resilient. If you value your workforce, students, and clients, this programme is vital. Book here via Eventbrite. Day 1: Wednesday, 27 November 2019 (£150 or…

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J is for JAR BURIAL

In some cultures human remains were placed in jars rather than buried in the ground. This particular image is of the ‘lid’ of such a jar, a number of which were comparatively recently discovered (1991) in caves in the Philippines. The jar lids in the form of a head were all different and were taken to represent the person who had been interred within. Some of the jars had breasts, indicating the occupant was female, some had a penis-like projection…

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I is for IMMORTALITY

Humans have always sought #immortality – the idea that death can be transcended and life will continue on another plane or in another form. The author Ernest Becker, in his book The Denial of Death, posited the theory that human life consists of the physical and the symbolic world and that within the symbolic we strive to be connected to something that has meaning, that will continue after physical death. Religion has traditionally fulfilled this role but is ceasing to have the…

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H is for HEART

When someone we love dies, we feel it in our body – the ache of loss goes right through us and nowhere more so than in our ‘broken heart’. Did you know though, that it is medically possible to die from a broken heart? The name for this condition is Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy or Broken Heart Syndrome and it can be brought about by stress hormones such as adrenalin, released during times of great sadness. Women are more affected than men,…

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G is for GRIEF

The loss of someone we love is one of the worst things that can happen to us, and yet we are seldom prepared for it when it happens. Most of us do not talk about #death or #dying, even when it becomes obvious that it is going to happen. Here at CEDAR, our mission is to bring Death Education to all ages, enabling people to know more and to feel more comfortable discussing #grief and #bereavement. There are different types of grief, from complicated grief which…

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F is for FUNERAL

F is for #funeral. In the west we have been very influenced by Christian Victorian styles of funeral but of course there have always been many ways to say #farewell to loved ones, across all societies and through all eras. Human remains in the west are #buried or #cremated but some customs in other cultures see the body being placed into large jars or small huts where they are left to dry out before a second stage funeral takes place to bury the dry remains. However we…

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E is for EULOGY

A #eulogy is a speech given at a #funeral, where a celebrant, minister or loved one talks about the person who has died. At one time it was common for a eulogy to be a rather formal piece, where the facts of a person’s life were covered but nothing very personal was said. Nowadays, a #eulogy is frequently a loving remembrance, where amusing stories or quirky habits of the deceased are talked about and celebrated. Professor Douglas Davies calls this ‘words against death’ and his…

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CEDAR  Education
CEDAR  Education  is  dedicated  to  teaching everyone  how  to  understand,  accept  and  respond to  death,  dying  and  loss  in  healthy  and appropriate  ways  with  clients,  patients,  students, and  in  personal  relationships.
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