TrueTube supports the value of this part of education by offering a diverse range of free resources tackling the subject of death from all angles. Whether it be a film on bereavement, life after death or the ethical implications of how we die, the resources can be used as a thought provoking tool at the beginning of a lesson to start up discussion. To understand the value of these resources, we must look at the very reasons this subject must be taught in the first place. Primarily, we live in a world where death is an inevitable part of everyday life, whether it touches a family member, a close friend, or an acquaintance. It may be something you hear about on the news: a famous person dies, or a catastrophe on the other side of the world that has killed hundreds of people. Whatever the case maybe, being able to talk about death in a tactful, relatable and understanding way is a valuable skill to have in life. It develops your own confidence when supporting people going through bereavement and reassures those who have lost loved ones that it’s ok to talk about how they feel. Another reason for the importance of this subject is the fundamental position it holds within all worldwide religions. From the notion of reincarnation to an after life; they are all key features of different religions which are deeply ingrained in our history. In addition to this, there is of course the atheist belief that we only have this one life which also has an effect on a person's behaviour and how they choose to live.
The philosophical approach to death offers undeniable benefits in terms of critical thinking and the development of an open mind. Reflecting on what’s important in life and questioning your own personal values are intertwined with the topic, and are questions we all should ask ourselves. Furthermore, the ethical understanding of euthanasia, abortion and capital punishment are key attributes when learning to think for yourself and developing social awareness. We have just heard about the tragic death of Peaches Geldof, at the tender age of 25. The heartbreaking loss of this beautiful young lady brings to light the harsh reality that life can be taken away in an instant at any age. Peaches Geldof will be a young lady your students may be able to relate to when teaching matters of bereavement and how it can affect the people involved. We must use the education of such a vast subject to acknowledge and appreciate the people in our own lives who mean the world to us, and to make the most of every single day with them.