Radical Pedagogy

Radical Pedagogy (2017)

Volume 14 Issue 1

ISSN: 1524-6345





Affecting Eternity: Sharing Eulogies in the Classroom



Jeffrey Berman

English Department

University at Albany, State University of New York, USA

E-mail: jberman@albany.edu


Kayla Rees

Undergraduate Student, English Department & Honor College

University at Albany, State University of New York, USA

E-mail: krees@albany.edu



Abstract

      Death educators have largely ignored the value of writing and reading aloud eulogies in a college classroom. A teacher’s decision to read a eulogy in the classroom can encourage students to write similar eulogies, helping them to grieve the death of a loved one. Classroom eulogies can be a powerful form of death education, enabling teachers and students alike to come to terms with loss and bereavement.

      Keywords: eulogy, bereavement, death education, love and loss, personal

                  writing, teacher self-disclosure