Learning Life Lessons from ‘The Death Class’

Jan 9, 2014 | 0 comments

College and university classes on death and dying can teach a young adult a lot about life and living.

The Death Class Cover “Death in Perspective” is a popular class taught by Professor Norma Bowe at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. Dr. Bowe’s class is designed to “develop an understanding of the nature and experiences of dying, death, and bereavement.” The class has a three-year waiting list.

The Death Class: A True Story About Life by Erika Hayasaki focuses on Dr. Bowe and three of her students who face enormous life and death challenges, including suicidal or homicidal family members. By teaching about mortality, Dr. Bowe quietly rescues students from tragedy and points them toward healthy growth.

Author Erika Hayasaki and Dr. Norma Bowe join host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on Toginet Radio to discuss death education’s impact on getting the most out of life.

Topics include:

  • How fear of death influences human behaviors (think achieving immortality)
  • Why love and death are actually intertwined in our physiology
  • What field trips to mortuaries, hospices and cemeteries can teach us about living
  • What the growth of Death Cafes and death education courses say about our culture
  • How death education can help personal growth

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A Good Goodbye is an entertaining and educational weekly 60-minute online radio show on “everything you need to know before you go.”  The program airs live on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. MT / 3:00 p.m. PT on Toginet 2.0 Talk Radio.

Each show becomes available as a podcast shortly after each live program. All past program podcasts on A Good Goodbye radio can be downloaded for free from iTunes, and AGoodGoodbye.com.

Upcoming topics and guests:

  • January 22 – Pet hospice with Kathryn Marocchino, Ph.D., FT, founder of The Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets
  • January 29 – Frozen Dead Guy Days festival with Amanda MacDonald, Festival Director

A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family. Host Gail Rubin, CT, brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan.

By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.”

Sign up for a free planning form and get more information at www.AGoodGoodbye.com.

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Gail Rubin, funeral expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is a Certified Thanatologist (that’s a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, and insurance agent.

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. She is Vice President of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of New Mexico, helping to start conversations across religions. Her website is www.AGoodGoodbye.com.

Contact: Gail Rubin | PH: 505-265-7215 | Email: Gail@AGoodGoodbye.com

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