Center for Grief and Death Education

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Welcome to the website for the Center for Death, Grief and Bereavement. We all die, yet death remains a taboo topic. Through education, research and community events, we strive to increase awareness about end-of-life issues and encourage conversation around death, loss and grief. Please explore our community resources, educational opportunties, and current research projects. 


Screening of Defining Hope, November 1, 2017, Marcus Theater

Panel Discussion to follow the film. Panelists: Marilyn Clarkin, RN; Cameron Kiersch, DNP Carrie Lapham, NP; Erica Srinivasan, PhD; Jackie Yeager; MD;  

This powerful documentary explores what makes life worth living and what to do for ourselves and our loved ones as we get closer to the end of life. It is about optimism and works to define what ‘quality of life' really means. Through the stories of patients, families, nurses, and healthcare professionals, Defining Hope brings the conversation around quality end-of-life care to the forefront of our minds. View the trailer here: 

If interested in obtaining tickets, please contact Erica G. Srinivasan at

International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference

UW-L holds an annual international conference on death, grief and bereavement! This year the conference will be June 4-6, 2018. The conference theme is "resilience." Follow the link to submit a proposal (submissions due soon, on Nov 3), or to learn more about attending the conference.


1. Assisted Death and Grief: This qualitative study explores the family bereavement experiences following an assisted death under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. 

 2. The Illness Experience and Motivation to Die and Assisted Death: This qualitative study explores illness narratives to understand the motivation behind choosing assisted death

3. The Experience of Living and Coping with Early-Onset Dementia: This qualitative study explores the subjective experience of living and coping with early onset dementia, with a focus on aspects of grief and loss. Now seeking participants. If interested, please contact Erica G. Srinivasan, at

4. Learning through Loss: This mixed methods study explores the use of a "lossography" assignment in death education. The assignment involves exploring and sharing about one's losses. Click on the following link to learn more about the study. Learning outcomes of the assignment are highlighted as well as instruction for how to implement the lossography assigment: