The Case for Death Education in High Schools
Death education is not something we teach in schools. But it should be. We will all encounter death and most of us are unprepared for it. I am speaking not merely of the emotional aspects of death (grief, mourning, melancholia), but also of the logistical complexities: hospice, advance directives, DNRs, POLST forms, physician aid-in-dying. We expect everyone to figure it out, to navigate without a map. This is not merely irresponsible, it’s unethical. This is why we need death education.
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