An Instructional Design for Dying


Wednesdays, September 22 – November 10, 2021
8:30 PM Eastern / 5:30 PM Pacific
3 credits


This 8-part live webinar will help you prepare for the end of life—psychologically, socially, and legally.

It will help you overcome anxieties and work through important choices about your own death and dying.

The course includes content and optional activities for you to do at your own pace. It also features a parallel track offered in Virtual Reality for anyone with a VR headset. An Instructional Design for Dying has been tested in an APA accredited CEU licensure program and is now available to the public for the first time through Renegade University.

What are the Benefits?

  • Reduced Anxiety, from an informed acceptance, developed through personal effort and learning from other people’s experiences.
  • Increased Appreciation, with the appraisal of priorities evoked by death showing what to value most now.
  • Peace of Mind, from producing well-considered Directives and Proxies that will increase the likelihood of your wishes being respected later and the people you care about having an easier time.
  • Intimacy and Strengthening of important relationships that conversations about dying and mortality can help create.

Meet the Instructor

Thomas Nickel


Thomas Nickel, PhD is a long-time meditator, teacher, educational media producer. He has years of personal experience as a cancer survivor and a hospice volunteer caregiver for Kaiser Permanente and Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. Tom received a PhD in Instructional Technology at the age of 54 and has been deeply involved in online teaching and learning for more than 20 years. His research and teaching covers neuropsychology, terror management theory, cancer and trauma, cultural histories of death, and religious traditions of death and dying. He has developed a systematic approach to preparing for end of life. Since 2010, Tom has presented and led workshops on Death Anxiety and Preparing for End of Life for academic and medical/professional audiences, as well as high school students and religious education programs. He also works with Virtual Reality technology as an event host, world builder, and educational researcher.

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Office Hours

Speak one-on-one with the instructor via phone or video call

Social Learning

Participate in a course related social media network with others taking the course.