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Date of Event
Monday 27th June 2022



Virtually via Zoom
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IDF Evening Webinar - Understanding and treating death anxiety and fears of dying

Event Details

We are delighted to invite you to our Evening Webinar with Professor David Veale who will be presenting on Understanding and treating death anxiety and fears of dying.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the phenomenology of a death anxiety, and its relationship with relevant diagnoses.
  • Be knowledgeable about a cognitive behavioral model and have a understanding of the cognitive processes and behaviours that maintain death anxiety. This includes the intolerance of uncertainty, magical thinking, the awfulness of dying, as well as avoidance, safety seeking and checking behaviours related to death.    
  • Develop alternative ways of thinking about common beliefs in death for example thoughts about the awfulness of not existing or the intolerance of not knowing will happen.  
  • Understand the use appropriate exposure/ behavioural experiments for death and dying and consider what expectations are being tested. These including writing out one’s funeral wishes and obituary, painting one’s coffin or collecting “memento mori”. 
  • Focus on living life to the full now as an alternative to focussing on death and dying.


Death anxiety is a term used to describe people’s fear or negative feelings towards death or dying. Some people may focus on their own death, such as ruminating on all the things they will miss out on after they die, or what it will be like to not exist anymore. Some people may experience doubts about the nature of existence itself, such as questioning what will happen to them after death. Others may worry about the process of dying, such as whether their death will be painful, or what their final moments will be like. Some may be distressed at the idea of losing a loved one. They may worry about how they will cope with their loved ones’ death or that they will somehow cause the death of their loved one without meaning to. For some there is a phobic avoidance and fear of anything related to death (e.g. going near cemeteries or funeral parlours). All the experiences above are in many ways part of being human, but death anxiety is a problem when it is either sufficiently time-consuming, distressing or interfering in one's life. The concept cuts across different diagnoses including some types of Health Anxiety, OCD, specific phobias, and panic disorder. Unfortunately, death anxiety may not be adequately targeted in standard protocols for these disorders and this workshop will try to remedy this with a specific focus on the fears of death and dying. Treatment components will be discussed, centring on CBT, which is the most evidence-based treatment for death anxiety.



Certificates of Attendance will be sent to those that have attended the full webinar. A Structured Reflective Template will be sent to you along with the link to join our webinar at least 24 hours ahead. Please ensure you are registered via our website in order that you receive a link to access the webinar.

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