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Center for Grief and Death Education

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  • Welcome


    302G - Graff Main Hall

    PHONE: 608.785.8440

    EMAIL: (Director: Dr. Erica Srinivasan)

    The Center for Grief and Death Education's mission is to promote a diverse understanding of grief and death that spans the human condition.  Utilizing current research, theory, and practice, the Center serves to provide resources to the campus and community regarding grief services and death education.  The Center endeavors to connect interested individuals regionally, nationally, and internationally.  
     You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life.
                                                                                           -Dame Cicely Saunders

    Death is not a counterpoint or contradiction to life, but a profound teacher about the meaning of human existence.
                                                                                           -A.J. Heschel

    History of the Center

    The Center  was originally founded in 1969 as the Center for Death Education and Research at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It was formed with the purpose of serving as a repository for materials concerning mortality and as a focal point for the collection and dissemination of literature and information to the academic and professional communities as well as the public. With the retirement of its first director, Dr. Robert Fulton, the center was relocated to the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.  The Center was associated with Sociology Department for many years under the name the Center for Death Education and Bioethics. Former directors at UWL include Dr. Bob Bendickson, Dr. Gerry Cox, and Dr. Mike Brennan.  In 2014, the Center associated with the Psychology Department. 

    News regarding the Center

    March 2012 - La Crosse Tribune Article