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Sometimes a Cool Class can cover a difficult subject. Read on to learn more about Dr. Laurie Larkin’s course, HEA 593/793 Death and Grief.
What’s the "scoop" on the class (what's it about)?
Death and Grief covers topics such as: the job of a county coroner, the importance of organ donation, the need for hospice care, making end-of-life decisions, understanding estate planning, completing a living will, talking with family and others about death and end of life, warning signs of suicide, and planning a funeral.
Why is this class so cool?
Most college students think about death, but they often tell me they don't feel comfortable talking about it in a real sense. This class is cool because it helps students prepare for death discussions with others. The best part of Death and Grief are my guest speakers , the videos, class discussions, and the field trips to the funeral home and cemetery.
What do the students have to say?
One comment given on my course evaluation a few years back summarized what I often hear from my students regarding Death and Grief: "this course needs to be a required class for all health majors because of its insightfulness of life and death. The information taught in this class is beneficial and life-changing. Unfortunately, we are all going to have to deal with issues regarding death and grief. Having the opportunity to share with each other in a classroom setting and prepare for what lies ahead is important for students both individually and in their future professions. I am hoping more EKU advisors will encourage students to take Death and Grief as an elective course in their programs. Teaching about death has made me appreciate life and its many blessings so much more. I would love more students to join the class because it really can be "life-changing."