Dr Judith Wester

CEDAR founder receives Equality & Diversity award

Dr Judith Wester, founder of CEDAR Education, was one of the 8 co-founders of LGBT SAND to receive a National Spirit of the Age Award from AgeUk in 2017. SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination) was established to train healthcare providers in how to care for old and older LGBT persons as they start to require more care. Dr Wester is an advocate for the LGBT community and believes that everyone deserves appropriate care as they age, especially at end of…

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New Graduates of Level I: Death Education for Health & Wellbeing

CEDAR has been very busy teaching professionals around the county how to talk about death, dying and loss to their students, clients, family & friends. Here are some new recruits who completed the Level I: Death Education for Health & Wellbeing. They include Diane Drummond, Severn Hospice; Nick Herbert, Energize; Jenny England, Derwen College; Amanda Crane, Shropshire Youth Association; our own CEDAR volunteer – Tina Hughes; and Lindsay Barton of Partners in Social Enterprise. They are keen to take our…

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Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief – A brand new CEDAR Workshop with Dr Wester

Do you need to better understand and respond to death and dying while being more inclusive in how you communicate with those who are bereaved? Dr Judith Wester will be teaching two highly praised workshops to help the professional, parent, teacher and adults do just that. These are not-to-be missed opportunities to learn something new about the everyday issues of loss…For more details and how to book go to: Understanding Grief Workshop. We are also running a special workshop on…

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Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Whether or not you follow a particular belief or have no belief, moral values in an age of anxiety will always be of benefit if you want your community to thrive. At CEDAR we strive to remain neutral in our teaching and understanding of death, dying and loss. This becomes particularly important in light of the 22 May 2017 bombing at the end of the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. Below is a special message from Pope Francis as he addresses…

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Working Together

CEDAR EDUCATION now has a Youth Advisory Team that works with us to help us make sure our death education courses for young people are interactive and engaging enough for the curious mind. They not only tell us if a lesson is b-o-r-i-n-g, but they offer unique and effective suggestions on how to make each lesson more enticing for their age group. Keep watching these pages to see how much they have had to offer our Life Lessons team and…

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Taking Life Lessons to Taiwan

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…

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Dr Wester to Speak at SFE

Dr Wester is to speak at the SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) Regional Group Conference: 21 January 2016 Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mytton Oak Raod, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ Time: 2:00-5:00pm The conference is on: Death – The Final Taboo? Dr Wester will be speaking on why talking about death is important and how developing a better understanding of death can affect the legacy you leave your loved ones. Other speakers include the Senior Coroner for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, John Ellery…

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The Social Construction of Death

The Social Construction of Death: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Edited by Leen Van Brussel and Nico Carpentier (2014) Palgrave Macmillian   Thanatological research in the social sciences and the humanities acknowledges that death is culturally and socially embedded. The idea of the social construction of death has been taken on board, albeit slowly, by the social and cultural study of death, but explicit reflections on the underlying ontologies and epistemologies of this paradigm remain scarce. This edited volume aims to strengthen the…

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Katy’s Blog #11 – CEDAR CIC delivers research findings at Centre for Death & Society Conference 2015

Overall the conference was a great display of how the topic of death is an ever increasing subject of study, debate and research worldwide for professionals in numerous fields of study, whether it be medicine, sociology, anthropology, or psychology, and will continue to be a matter which undoubtedly sees professionals agreeing that death should be a topic which needs to be talked about.

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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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