Dr. Judith Wester, founder of CEDAR Education, and expert in death education, has been invited to work with PhD students studying ‘Everyday Life’ at the College of Indigenous Studies at the National Dong Hwa University in Haulien, Taiwan. She will be introducing them to the unique Life Lessons programme she developed to teach young people how to talk about death, dying and loss in healthy and compassionate ways.
The Life Lessons programme was piloted in the Shrewsbury, Shropshire area in 2014-2015 and was sponsored by the NHS Shropshire CCG Young Health Champions and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) of West Mercia. Graham Oliver of the OPCC, who supports the CEDAR project, had this to say after meeting some of the Life Lessons participants:
I am in total admiration for this group, the PCCs grant has changed lives and brought closure to so many questions by these young people.
After working with the students at the National Dong Hwa University, Dr Wester will tour Taiwan in a cultural exchange; visit special sacred sites; and participate in some of their unique funerary rituals and practices. She will also exchange ideas with academics in death studies, and collect materials to enhance her UK courses on death.