• Advanced Training
  • Art of Dying
  • CEUs
  • Death Awareness
  • Death Education
  • End of Life
  • Holistic Education
  • Living & Dying
  • Palliative Care
  • Thanatology

Integrative Thanatology Certificate Training | An Art of Dying Education Program

About the Program

January 15 – June 27, 2021
See complete schedule below

Today more than ever there is a clear call to understand and work with death and dying in new and more open ways. This time of increased mortality and suffering drives home to us that we urgently need more innovative and holistic approaches to living, dying and death.

Our Integrative Thanatology certificate program is intended to do just that—to reframe our current conception of dying and to reclaim lost wisdom and helpful cultural practices. It provides health care practitioners and those with a profound interest in the energetics of living and dying with a unique set of skills to deepen their understanding of the spiritual, psychological, social and physical aspects of the dying experience.

The Association of Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting towards the continuing education requirements for the ADEC Certification in Thanatology. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available for many of the workshops in this training.

Topic Highlights Include:

  • How to work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying
  • Tools for caregiving and caregivers
  • Alternative approaches to understanding life and death
  • How to restore a sense of sacredness to the dying process
  • How to promote wise relationships in accompanying the dying
  • Special tools and techniques for end-of-life doulas
  • How to nurture the potential for psycho-spiritual transformation in the dying process
  • The effects of compassionate presence at the end of life
  • End of life planning
  • Cross cultural rituals of grief and loss
  • Skills in attending those in the death, dying, loss and bereavement processes

Who Should Attend

The Art of Dying certificate program can be of great benefit to those working in hospices, nursing homes and other health-care settings, as well as for students, counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy members, psychologists, end of life doulas and others who want to enter or 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.

Students in the Integrative Thanatology program will complete their coursework entirely online. With personalized instruction, 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 that could be of great help in their professional lives going forward.

Faculty Include:

Program Facilitator & Faculty Member – Catharine DeLong

The Integrative Thanatology Facilitator will offer student support and counsel and offer community building ideas and creative collaborations. She will develop assignments and practices throughout the program including mid-term and final assignments. The facilitator will also be available for online/telephone advice and mentorship as well as creating opportunities for group meeting and creative collaborations outside the class—including music gatherings and study groups.



  • Introduction to Integrative Thanatology-Catharine DeLong
    Friday, January 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST

  • The Inner Path of Dying-Jan Booth, MA, RN
    Saturday January 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

  • Mapping the Journey: Re-Envisioning Decisions About the End of Life
    Leslie Blackhall, MD

    Saturday January 17, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

  • A Buddhists View of Death-Andrew Holecek, PhD
    Thursday January 28, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

  • After-Dearth Care and Home Funerals-Olivia Bareham
    February 6-7, Saturday/Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

  • Inviting the Wisdom of Death Into Life-Frank Ostaseski
    February 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST

  • The Last Great Act of Love; End of Life Planning-Alua Arthur, JD
    March 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST

  • Cultivating the Doula Heart-Francesca Arnoldy
    Friday, March 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST
    Saturday, March 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm; 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST

  • The Effects of Compassionate Presence: Being with Non-Communicative Patients-Jeanne Denney
    Sunday, March 14, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

  • Exploring the Grief Journey: Cultural, Familial and Personal Dimensions
    Simcha Raphael, PhD

    Friday, April 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm EST
    Saturday, April 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST; 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST 

  • Transition by Design: Planning an Inspired & Intentional Funeral
    Amy Cunningham

    Sunday, April 18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

  • End of Life Existential Distress and Psychedelic Mystical Experience as an Effective Treatment-Anthony Bossis, PhD
    Thursday, April 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

  • They Dying Child: End of Life Issues in Pediatrics
    Kat Kowalski MDiv. BCC, Emily Johnson MSN, CRNP & Cora Welsh, CCLS, MA
    May 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

  • African American Grief and Loss-Tashel Bordere, PhD, CT
    Sunday, May 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

  • Music as Medicine at the End of Life-Catharine DeLong
    Friday, June 12, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

  • Surviving the Aftermath of Suicide-Karen Wyatt, MD
    Sunday, June 13, 2021
    9:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

  • The Many Paths of Grief-Karen Wyatt, MD
    Sunday June 13, 2021
    2:30 – 5:00 pm EST

  • Student Capstone Weekend
    Saturday & Sunday, June 26 – 27, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST


  • Prerequisites: No
  • Supplies for this class: NA
  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course which requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.


Full Payment: $1995
EARLY BIRD TUITION until December 11: $1695

Payment Plan: $2250
$750 due at registration. 3 more payments of $500 each due on February 22, March 29, and May 3

*Call to register for the payment plan: 212-219-2527 x 2

Integrative Thanatology Certificate Training | An Art of Dying Education Program

  • 18 Session(s)
  • Jan 15 2021 07:00 PM EST


$1,995 - Early Bird $1,695 Until 12/11


$1,995 - Early Bird $1,695 Until 12/11

Catharine DeLong is a Music-Thanatologist who delivers music vigils to individuals who are approaching the end of life. Catharine is a graduate of the Chalice of Repose Project and the Music Thanatology Association International.


© 2020 New York Open Center, Inc. Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy