Center for Grief and Death Education

Welcome to the website for the Center for Grief and Death Education. 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. 


Interested in death education? UW-L offers a course on death and dying (PSY 422), and there are also several other opportunities for for courses and workshops in La Crosse and Madison. See below!

  1. Dr. Jackie Yeager will be offering the workshop "compassionate presence: holding space for the dying from 8-3 on Sept. 22 at the Franciscan Spirituality Center. In this experiential workshop, attendees "will explore how mindfulness, compassion, equanimity, vulnerability and suffering can inform this work and help us become resilient caregivers." Attendees will also "learn what to expect before, during and after death, how to provide comfort physically and spiritually, and how to create sacred space through ritual and ceremony." For more information about registering, go to:
  2. Did you know UW-Madison offers a grief support specialist certificate through their continuing education program? Learn more here:  and


1. Read more about the Center for Grief and Death Education, Our annual conference on death, grief and bereavement, and a local student's passion for death education, leading her to win a scholarship to attend the conference!

2. This article highlights the research on loss and early-onset dementia, conducted by the Center for Grief and Death Education and local aging specialist Amy Brezinka


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: