LightsOut provides a Grief Education Program designed to empower people by increasing their knowledge and awareness about dying, death, and grief. Increased death literacy reduces the negative flow-on effects of grief, and further develops the skills needed for supporting others who are grieving.
The platform's main focus is to increase awareness and understanding of death and grief bereavement and equip people with tools to not only support themselves through grief, but to show up effectively for others.
LightsOut is an online death and grief personal development program, consisting of 10 interactive self-led modules. The program delivers a suite of key evidence-based tools on one platform for easy accessibility. It comes from a place of lived experience as a young person, which creates relatability for a young person therefore creating a valuable resource that is appealing and engaging.
We gain an understanding of our personal strengths, and how they play a role in our ability to move through grief. By the end of the unit, you will know what your top 4 strengths are, how they can help or hinder our grief, as well as practical ways to use them to our advantage.
We learn about the 4 main belief systems, as well as our personal views on death, then touching on fears, before reflecting on how grief has touched our lives already. By the end of the unit, you will be confident in your beliefs about death, and you will have gained an insight on what grief may feel like from your previous experiences.
We learn about the emotions you may feel during grief, the importance of naming your emotions, and understand that everything you're feeling is normal and okay. By the end of the unit, you will have the ability to name the emotion you ' re feeling, as well as the confidence to feel however you ' re feeling.
We learn how actively participating in grief leads to a healthy outcome. By the end of the unit, you will have learned practical ways to grieve in a healthy way, as well as an understanding of what unhealthy grief looks like.
We explore the reflections from people who are dying of terminal illness or have been touched by the death of someone they love, as they look back on their life. By the end of the unit, you will have a greater understanding about how to live your life with meaning.
We explore the difference between sympathy and empathy, and how it affects grief. We learn how empathy plays a positive role in understanding ourselves and others, as well as practical ways to implement it.
We learn about how everyone grieves differently, and how that may affect your grief, both positively and negatively. By the end of the unit, you will have the tools to support yourself and ensure those around you are safe.
We learn practical ways to support grieving, and how you can also ask for support when you need it. By the end of the unit, you will have developed a list of ways you can help others during any hard time, but more-so, grief.
We learn about funerals. Their importance, how they happen, and all the weird and wonderful ways to celebrate life. By the end of the unit, you will understand what is involved in a funeral, as well as the knowledge to prepare for your own funeral.
We reflect on our grief skill journey and everything we’ve learnt. You see it come together to create your own toolkit, before exploring what personal death awareness means to you.