Course curriculum

  • 1


    • A Note from Cole

    • About the School of American Thanatology

    • Where We're From

    • Course Syllabus

    • Intro Survey

    • Meet the Eyeris

    • Video: Welcome!

  • 2

    Week 1: Thana-WHAT?—What Thanabotany Is and Is Not

    • Terms: Thanabotany, Thanabotanical and Thanabotanist™

    • Roots in Different Places: Botany, Thanatology and Ethnobotany

    • Other Fields of Study You Should Know: Horticulture, Linguistics, Horticultural Therapy, Gender Studies, Genealogy and Permaculture

    • Video Lecture 1

    • Week 1 Presentation Slides

    • Discussion: Who Are You and Why Are You Here?

  • 3

    Week 2: Thanabotanical Case Study—The Violet

    • Read: It's Violet Week!

    • Week 2 Presentation Slides

    • Video: Collecting a Thanabotanical Specimen in the Field - The Violet

    • Read and Discuss: Thanabotanical Research

    • Read: All About The Violet

    • Video: Collect and Quick-Press Violets With Me!

    • Read: The Violet -- In Depth

    • Video: How to Make Violet Syrup for Tea, Desserts and Drinks

    • Download - Viola Tricolor Botanical Illustration from 1887

  • 4

    Week 3: Thanabotanical Applications—Who Uses It and Why?

    • You Are Officially Invited: Join the Thanabotany Community

    • Who Uses Thanabotany?

    • A Real-Life Example: Thanabotany and Funeral Homes

    • Rosemary and Thanabotany

    • Download: Flora's Lexicon Book from the year 1855

    • Why Do People Use Thanabotany?

  • 5

    Week 4: Thanabotanical Case Study—The Daisy

    • Read: It's Daisy Week!

    • A Peek At What's Ahead: Your Final Project

    • Download: The Final Project (Preview)

  • 6

    Week 5: The Thanabotanist's Biggest Challenges

    • Coming Soon!

  • 7

    Week 6: The Thanabotanist's Biggest Challenges Part II

    • Coming Soon!

  • 8

    Week 7: Thanabotanical Gardens

    • Coming Soon!

  • 9

    Week 8: Thanabotany—Your Final Project

    • Coming Soon!


  • When can I take this course?

    This course is always available! You can start it any time.

  • How does this course work?

    First, enroll in the course. Second, the course starts when YOU choose. You can enroll on a Friday but not start the first lesson until Monday. The course will 'drip' open week after week based on the first day you start, not the day you enroll. There are no live lectures, and you can fit everything in to your weekly schedule how you see fit. There is a final written assignment due at the end, which you will need to turn in during week 8 of the course. It is not an option to wait to turn in your assignment after the 8th week. You will have to retake the course if you miss that deadline. The writing assignment is not complicated and is integrated into the course.

  • Is this course a prerequisite?

    This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the Thanabotany track.

  • How much time should I set aside each week?

    We recommend blocking in 3-4 hours each week. Some weeks may take you a little longer, or a little less.

Course Instructor

This course is taught by Cole Imperi who is pioneering the field of Thanabotany

Cole Imperi

Cole is a dual-certified thanatologist, chaplain, death companion and progressive thinker in the death, dying, grief, loss and bereavement world.