Program info

The Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program*

The Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program* is a five month online course which provides an in-depth overview of death and dying. This course addresses the spiritual, practical, physical, psychological, and social aspects of the dying experience and is intended to reframe our current conception of dying by both reclaiming the wisdom and practices of the past and engaging with how death care can evolve into the future. 


Students will be supported throughout the program by our faculty and staff to not only deepen and expand their personal understanding of death and dying but also to forge connections and create networks with their classmates.  Our goal is to create a community of graduates who feel empowered to become a resource in their own circles and to help reshape the cultural dialogue, policies and practices around end of life care in the larger sphere.


The program is currently co-hosted by OneSpirit Learning Alliance. Detailed course information is available.

Attendees will learn:

  • Skills in navigating the experiences of death, dying, loss and bereavement
  • Current medical culture and options for improving end-of-life scenarios while under medical treatment
  • The effects of compassionate presence at the end of life
  • End of Life Planning
  • To return sacredness to the dying process
  • Tools for caregiving and caregivers 
  • Tools and techniques of the End of Life Doula 
  • Alternative options for handling the body after death and creating meaningful services
  • The possible role of psychedelics at end of life
  • Psycho-Spiritual Transformation in Death and Dying 
  • How to integrate this material with their life’s calling and creative work

Who is this training for:

This certificate program is appropriate for anyone with a sincere interest in this profound topic. 

The program will be of particular benefit to those working in hospice, nursing homes, and other health care settings, counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy, chaplains, and spiritual leaders, psychologists, death doulas, and others who want to broaden their work in the burgeoning field of death and dying.

*The Association of Death Education and Counseling® (ADEC) has deemed this program as counting towards the contact hour requirements for the ADEC CT/FT. 

For more information on ADEC certifications, please visit

“The wealth of information provided was incredible, but the relationships built and nurtured over this period is what I truly will never forget. I laughed, I cried, and I found my home - my safe haven - my family amongst all of you."

-Tatyana H.

“This was an incredible experience from start to finish. I loved the range of classes offered, and how for many of them we were able to break into small groups to get to know each other better. I thought the Integration sessions were wonderful, as it gave an opportunity for feedback and processing. This was a life-changing experience for me and I will never forget it."

-Mia N.

“The presenters were all wonderful in their own way. I learned so much from each of them. The topics were rich, deep, and practical. It was very special to go through this program with a wonderful cohort. I will miss our regular classes, integration sessions, and study. Thank you so much! Taking this class during the pandemic was a true gift for which I will always be grateful!"

Kim S.

“I loved the well roundedness of this program - the title perfectly describes what I loved, "Integrative Thanatology". It truly was integrative, and each of the presenters were passionate about their topic. There was a good amount of interaction time to process the information with presenters, and also other participants in the program. I felt like there was a lot of intention put into this program, and I really appreciate that."

Laurie R.

“Thanks so much for this online Thanatology program and for the beautiful work of the Open Center. Even if I live in Europe, it's a blessing to be able to attend your amazing courses online."

Ana Marcos-Gonzalez, MD