“No one builds a bridge over a river they cannot see.”

Adriana Schnake

The loss of a significant other – person, animal, or object – and the grief that follows, are human experiences that one is bound to experience. Knowledge on loss and grief does not alleviate pain. It helps, however, understanding such an experience and recognising the uniqueness of the way each of us grieves. These are the main pillars of Death Education, an area of ​​education that is already half a century old, but often marginalized by what is referred to as “death taboo”.

The aim of PoStDeathEducation website is to contribute to the ongoing discussion on death, loss, and grief (death literacy) mainly but not limited in Cyprus. Here, you can find related research work, scientific articles, interviews, educational material, book presentations, as well as useful relevant internet links. This effort is in its very beginning. Aiming at a two-way communication to enrich the website’s content, suggestions will be taken into consideration, which can be sent via email.

Aiming first to see the river and then to build solid bridges,

Polyxeni Stylianou, PhD, CT

P.S. I express my sincere gratitude to Christodoulos, Derek, Michalinos, Anna, Maria, Anastasia, Pavlos, Stefani, Maria (and Marina), Elena, many fellow teachers and, in particular,  the children, who contributed in so many ways to this website.

Dr. Polyxeni Stylianou is a Certified Thanatologist (CT) by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the representative of the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS) in Cyprus. She specializes in the Pedagogy of Loss and Grief, and as an external associate of the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, she provides seminars for teachers and parents. She also offers related seminars in collaboration with other organizations in Cyprus and abroad. Her research work has been published in international academic journals in the field, such as Death Studies, OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying, Jahrbuch für Tod und Gesellschaft, and presented at international conferences. She works as an elementary school teacher at the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Youth of Cyprus. Dr. Stylianou holds a bachelor’s degree in Education Sciences from the University of Cyprus, a postgraduate degree in Education (Psychology) from the Institute of Education, University of London, and a doctoral degree in Educational Theory and Curriculum from the Open University of Cyprus.

You can find more about her work on the following links: