Death Education Series

Session 1:  Palliative Care / Hospice Care: What is it? What is the Difference?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only three out of ten individuals are going to die instantly. The vast majority, due to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis, will require long-term care (CDC, 2016). In this seminar, Dr. Oliver introduces the terms “palliative care”, “hospice care” and discusses options on end of life care.


Session 2:  Who is Going to Speak For You When You Cannot Speak For Yourself? The need for Advanced Directives.


End of life care is a topic that is usually given little serious consideration. Unfortunately among many families, it becomes THE topic of consideration when a loved one is in the Intensive Care Unit, death is coming “sooner than later”, and no one can agree upon the best course of care. Dr. Oliver will discuss the types of advanced directives, the advantages and pitfalls of having a health care power of attorney and living will, as well as provide external resources on creating your own advanced directives. 


Session 3:  Identifying Our Needs When We Cannot Speak For Ourselves: Writing Out Our Advanced Directives.

Dr. Oliver provides an overview on the Advanced Directives for Health Decisions workbook. Explanations are provided and examples given on the type of information to enter in the workbook. Each attendee will receive a copy of their state’s Advanced Directives for Health Decisions


Session 4:  YOUR FUNERAL. Let’s Plan It. WHY? So your loved ones will not be arguing over what  they think you would want.

We plan and prepare for most events that we deem important, yet few of us prepare our loved ones with instructions on what to do when we die. When the death of a loved one occurs, there are many decisions that will have to be made in a very short period of time. The completion of funeral planning workbook will spare your loved ones the added burden, both emotionally and financially, of having to make these decisions for you. Each attendee will receive a copy of a 35-page funeral planning workbook to complete.


Consisting of 4 -1 hour sessions, the goal of the death education series is to inform the participant on end of life issues and opportunities, as well as prepare the participant to taking concrete steps towards releasing the burden surrounding end of life decision making for their loved ones. This series is presented by Death, Dying, and Bereavement Educator, Lisa C. Oliver, Ed.D., GC-C.

To inquire about having the death education series facilitated for your organization, contact Dr. Oliver at 404.630.9106 or at

Please allow 48 hours for Dr. Oliver to respond to your inquiry.