We will wonder aloud about some of the themes in thanatology that affect us personally given the culture in which we find ourselves. Is dying well and a good death an oxymoron or a possibility? Is illness in the eye of the beholder? What’s worse, the illness, the treatment, or being a patient? Can grief be a response to loss and a witness to life? Suicide as solution: act of despair or free will? Limited Registration – 20

Suggested Reading: We Are So Lightly Here: A Story about Conscious Dying by Deborah Golden Alecson.

Deborah Golden Alecson currently teaches an upper level undergraduate course that she designed in medical humanities for Excelsior College where she has taught courses in thanatology and ethics of health care. She has designed and taught a course in thanatology for the Winter Study semester at Williams College. She is the author of several books including a collection of poems entitled “Complicated Grief.” She wrote a monthly column for the Berkshire Eagle called “Musings on Mortality.”


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