Certificate In The Art Of Dying Integrative Thanatology: A Death Education Counselor Program

Today there is a clear call to understand and work with death and dying in new and more open ways. Our culture is awakening to a more conscious view of our own mortality. This certification program is intended to reframe our current conception of dying and reclaim the wisdom and practices of the past​.​

The Art of Dying Death Education Certification program is suitable for those working in hospice, nursing homes and other health care settings, and is also appropriate for students as well as counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy, psychologists and others who want to broaden their work in the burgeoning field of death and dying. It is also appropriate for anyone with a sincere interest in this profound topic.

The Association of Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting towards the continuing education requirements for the ADEC Certification in Thanatology


  • How to work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying
  • Tools for caregiving and caregivers
  • Alternative ways to understand life and death
  • To return sacredness to the dying process
  • How to promote wise relationships in accompanying the dying
  • Tools and techniques of the End of life Doula
  • Psycho-Spiritual Transformation in Death and Dying
  • The effects of compassionate presence at the end of life

Faculty and Schedule

  • Jeanne Denney MA—Introduction to Integrative Thanatology
  • Lesley Blackhall M.D.- Mapping the Journey: Re-Envisioning Decisions about the End of Life
  • Henry Fersko Weiss LCSW – Working with the Dying: Doula Tools and Techniques
  • Jeanne Denney MA— The Effects of Compassionate Presence
  • Simcha Raphael Ph.D. – Death, Bereavement and Spirituality: Exploring the Grief Journey
  • Amy Cunningham- The Inspired Funeral
  • Alix Weisz – Music Thanatology
  • Anthony Bossis Ph.D.- Alternative Perspectives in Palliative Care
  • Jeanne Denney MA,-Introduction to the Energetics of Living and Dying
  • Frank Ostaseski – Opening to the Mystery: Psycho-Spiritual Transformation in Death and Dying
  • Webinar Peter Fenwick [copy, date, time, TBD]


Anthony Bossis Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and the Director of Palliative Care Research for the NYU Cancer Anxiety Psilocybin Research Project

Leslie Blackhall M.D. is Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University of Virginia and Director of the Palliative Care Research Program

Amy Cunningham is a New York State licensed funeral director particularly passionate about helping families create dignified, distinctive funeral and memorial services. In January 2015 she was listed as one of the “Nine Most Innovative Funeral Professionals” in the U.S.

Jeanne Denney, The Art of Dying Certificate Program facilitator is a body psychotherapist, hospice worker and author of The Effects of Compassionate Presence on the Dying

Peter Fenwick [Bio pending]

Henry Fersko-Weiss LCSW is the President of the International End-of-Life Doula Association. He has worked in hospices, and has been conducting end-of-life doula trainings for many years

Frank Ostaseski is founder of the Zen Hospice Project. In 2004 he created the Metta Institute to provide education on mindful and compassionate end-of-life care.

Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. is Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. A psychotherapist, spiritual director and Rabbinic Pastor, he is another of numerous publications on death and dying including the groundbreaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife.

Alix Weisz–Bio TBD

Free Intros on Wed, September 7, with TBD; Wed. September 15 with TBD, 7-9pm, offers presentations and Q&A.

Email Artofdying@opencenter.org for more information


A 7-month 90-HOUR TRAINING
Fridays, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Saturdays, 9:30am-5:30pm
Sundays, 9:30am-5:30pm

Full Payment: $1,995 (No Member Discount)

Full Payment: $1,995 (No Member Discount) 
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Payment Plan: $2,145 (details about deposit and due dates TBD)
Early Bird Registration (by date and early bird tuition TBD)
The Art of Dying certificate program is the professional training component of the Open Center’s Art of Dying Institute—an education, research and resource center that focuses on spiritual, scientific and practical approaches to death and dying.

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