Deathwork is for Everyone

The School of American Thanatology seeks to provide inclusive and accessible educational opportunities in and adjacent to the fields of thanatology, deathwork and thanabotany while also fostering research and writing opportunities for our community.

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Our Educators

Cole Imperi

Cole is a dual-certified thanatologist, chaplain, death companion and progressive thinker in the death, dying, grief, loss and bereavement world.

Suzette Martinez Standring

Instructor, Writing: Death & Spirituality

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING writes a spirituality column for The Patriot Ledger (MA), since 2008 and is syndicated nationally through Gannett. Her award winning books, The Art of Opinion Writing (2014) and The Art of Column Writing (2008) are used in journalism courses such as Johns Hopkins University and are published in China. Suzette is a past president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Since 2010, she is the host and producer of It’s All Write With Suzette, a cable TV show about writing.

What Our Graduates Have Said

Our graduates come from 20 countries across 12 timezones.

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Game Changing

Jessica Goddard

This course changed the game for me. I was so impressed with how immersive the online format was. I highly recommend speaking up and getting as involved as possible. What you out into the course is exactly what you will get out. I can't wait for...

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This course changed the game for me. I was so impressed with how immersive the online format was. I highly recommend speaking up and getting as involved as possible. What you out into the course is exactly what you will get out. I can't wait for more classes from this amazing school!

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Highly recommend Cole as teacher and guide!

Jess Hindley

I wanted to do this course to get a comprehensive understanding of what death companioning is about and I got all of that and more. I was blown away by Coles enthusiasm and the integrity she shows in all she does. I highly recommend her as a teac...

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I wanted to do this course to get a comprehensive understanding of what death companioning is about and I got all of that and more. I was blown away by Coles enthusiasm and the integrity she shows in all she does. I highly recommend her as a teacher.

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