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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Living in the Moment: Workshop Approach to End of Life Education: Linking University Students, Families, and Communities

Denice Goodrich Liley.

Life is about living. Our attitudes toward life are challenged when a person we know dies. Dying is the ultimate emotional challenge for most individuals and families. Important communication issues regarding end of life, death, dying, and grief rarely ememger for families until a death occurs. More often than not, this is too late. This paper focuses on the potential that workshops within the university setting have at increasing intergenerational discussions of end of life.

The workshop format to end of life education provides an intense, focused modality. The workshop is framed in "something for everyone" to accommodate a variety of learners, diverse experiences and encourage students to have personal and interpersonal learning. Assignments require that each student explore their own person, familial, cultural, and institutional beliefs about end of life. Familial interviews are required. The workshop is shaped to: increase students' personal awareness, introduce common end of life issues and plan for application of course materials within their own lives. This paper presents educational content material, workshop structures, as well as qualitative and quantitative outcomes of workshop participants.


Denice Goodrich Liley  (United States)
Associate Professor
Boise State University School of Social Work

Dr. Liley is Associate Professor of Social Work teaching practice courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Areas of practice include aging, health care and end of life. Dr. Liley is certified in gerontology and has over 20 years of social work practice experience.

  • End of Life
  • Death and Dying
  • Workshop

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)