Since death studies and death education are unusual subjects, we often get a lot of questions about what we do, what we teach, and if we do any counselling work. Here is where you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions of our CEDAR instructors, and if you would like to submit a question of your own please contact us with the subject line: FAQ. When we get a number of the same question coming up, we will answer it here. Unfortunately, we would not be able to answer all of the questions submitted, but we will do our best to inform you of upcoming classes that might help.
There is a world of difference between the two areas of study. For example, grief and bereavement counselling is approached through the lens of psychology, psychiatry, and counselling one-to-one. Death education is an academic course that would be taught by an instructor to a group of people wanting to increase their knowledge around death, dying and loss (either professionally or personally). Death education classes and courses are always taught in groups, with an interactive element that enhances the learning process. For information on what you might learn in a CEDAR course, please go to our Education section.
Children’s understanding of death can vary significantly depending on the support surrounding the child, the openness of the adults around the child to talk about death in healthy ways, any learning disabilities of the child, and the support a child may get in the educational system. However, reading stories to children of all ages is a great way to prepare a child and help them to understand and ask questions. On our Book Review pages we have a section specifically for children with age-appropriate stories.