Education: Thanatology 1

At the University of Cincinnati, students have been visiting funeral homes and cemeteries and even the Hamilton County morgue. In Minneapolis, they have gone so far as to try out a coffin for size and to make detailed plans for their own funerals. Such activities may sound like something out of a Vincent Price movie, but they are part of a growing student interest in the subject of death. "To them," says Minneapolis English Teacher Robert Wolk, "death is not morbid but exciting, dynamic." As a result, young people have been taking newly...

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