Grief is like a deep lake—we want to teach you how to swim before you fall in…
What We Do
Community Education in Death Awareness & Resources (CEDAR) is an educational organisation dedicated to discussions about death, dying, and funerary and bereavement practices. This includes delivering classes on the social and cultural aspects of death and how this inevitable event can affect an individual, family and community in positive as well as negative ways.
The purpose of our classes, chronicles/blogs, consultancy and resources is to help you explore the positive and negative ways in which we talk about death or avoid talking about death and why. The goal is fourfold:
- To raise awareness of that which is inevitable;
- To help someone prepare for death no matter how far into the future it may be;
- To increase one’s confidence to respond appropriately to others who are suffering from a personal loss; and
- To help people adjust to life after a loved one dies.
Our educational programmes include issues around long-term terminal illness, sudden and traumatic death (such as suicide, homicide and accidental). We also look at pet loss and permanent separation from a loved one who is still alive.
Our Community pages include discussions around belief systems, rituals, and ethnic differences in grief and bereavement, among other ideas. We also suggest some books you may find interesting and beneficial depending on whether you are a professional working directly with bereaved or dying individuals or a concerned neighbour who wants to be supportive of a friend.
We aim to explore some of the many and varied ways we as humans attempt to understand one of our greatest mysteries—what is death? We hope you get something from this site you find useful and pass-it-on to someone you love. We are a not-for-profit community interest company here to help you understand, accept and respond to death, grief and loss.
We can help you:
- Understand that talking about death with someone you care about can be very rewarding
- Recognise learning about death from other people and cultures around the world can be fascinating and useful
- Realise that what you say and do after someone has had a loss is important to their well-being
- Acknowledge that death is inevitable in everyone’s life, so the more you know, the better prepared you will be when it happens to someone you know and love or when you reach the end of life
We have a variety of ways to help you learn about death that are intriguing and worthwhile. Take a look at our:
We also have some great information on our Community pages, such as Thinking Differently about Death that include some fascinating and poignant stories from people in all walks of life and book reviews to help you get additional information and helpful stories. Read them and pass-it-on.
We have put a lot of thought into creating this website, which is growing everyday, but we need you to make it what it should be. So please contact us and tell us what you want to know, what we can do to improve the website for you and what classes you would like us to offer online or in the community. We will do our best.