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Death around the world

In this short cartoon. Dr Erica Borgstrom from the school of Health, Wellbeing and Social care explores some of the different customs and traditions that people throughout the world perform in relation to the end of life.


At a loss

Open University researchers have developed an iTunes audio 'At a loss' providing accounts from women and parents on stillbirth and neonatal death. Individuals talk about their decisions on the role of post-mortem and the views of mortuary staff and their role in bereavement support are incorporated.

At a loss - iTunes podcast


Death & Dying Seminar Series

This monthly seminar series showcased a different theme on death and dying across the life-course by engaging leading academics and professionals. The series culminated in culminated in a conference attended by over 50 delegates.


A Time to Live

This was a BBC/OU collaboration documenting the experiences of people living with a terminal diagnosis. It was watched by 1.5 million people with an additional 250,000 iPlayer views. The academic consultant on the programme was Kerry Jones.

See the article on

A Time to Live article


The Big C and Me

Jan Draper and Mathijs Lucassen worked with as academic advisors to an OU/BBC collaboration called The Big C and Me. This was a series, filmed over a year, that followed the lives of nine people suffering from cancer from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

Jan and Mathijs also describe what it is like to work as academic advisors on OU/BBC collaborations such as this one.



An introduction to death, dying and grief

Explore interesting and challenging ideas around death, dying and grief. This free course, An introduction to death, dying and grief, invites you to think more deeply about death and dying and encourages you to think about it in different ways. This course will introduce you to different perspectives on death; ethical issues related to dying and end-of-life care; as well as expressions of grief. Please note that this course includes video about people talking personally about their experiences in relation to death and dying. If you have been affected by the issues in these videos, there are resources included in the course for further information and support.

'Living with Death and Dying'

This free course, Living with death and dying, explores how knowledge of and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people's lives. It will also examine the concept of a 'good death' from an individual perspective in order to enhance the quality of dying.