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. 


1. Death Cafe, April 23, 6-8 p.m., Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market Street, facilitated by Dr. Jackie Yeager. FREE, but registration required: | 608-791-5295. Click here to register.

At a death cafe, people gather to eat and drink and discuss death. This unique event allows community members to explore beliefs, emotions and questions about death and grief, while also creating awareness. All are welcome to this free event. Click here to register.

2. Death Cafe, May 5, 10:30-12, at the Root Note, 115 4th St.S, hosted by UW-L Center for Death, Grief and Bereavement and Viterbo University. Questions? Contact Erica at

3. 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.

Students, scroll above for an opportunity to attend the conference free of charge!


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: