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Why Teaching Young People about Death is Important

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A talk on Friday 17 March by a respected death educator will examine the benefits of teaching young people about this most challenging of topics. Dr Judith Wester of CEDAR (Community Education in Death Awareness and Resources) will look at what death education is, before examining the problems commonly associated with early childhood loss. She will also present a review of the findings of a case study, Life Lessons, which was produced in collaboration with West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Dr Judith Wester’s first degree focused on behavioural science and psychology, which she brings into the classroom to enhance the teaching-learning experience of young people. Her MPhil research focused on a comparative study between how death education has been taught in the USA and how it has subsequently developed in post-1980 higher education here in the UK. Dr Wester’s PhD research focused on the history of death in Western medicine and the changes that have occurred within end-of-life medical decision-making processes as a result. Her work centres on improving communication around death, dying and loss for young people, adults and professionals.

Dr Wester says: “Many of the young people I teach have experienced deep personal loss, but my course has empowered them to become happy again instead of hurting themselves or feeling guilty over a loss all the time.”

The talk begins at 1pm at University Centre Shrewsbury’s Rowley’s House. To book a place, email communications@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk or call 01743 297185.