Cole Imperi

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  • Thanatologist, Chaplain, and Deathworker
  • Founder of School of American Thanatology
  • Former President, Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum



Thanatologist, chaplain, deathworker, author, and entrepreneur Cole Imperi is one of America’s leading experts on death, dying, and grief. A triple-certified thanatologist, someone who studies death and dying, Imperi is the Founder of the School of American Thanatology, which serves students from 20 countries. She is has pioneered the fields of Thanabotany, Deathwork (including Death Championing), and developed Shadowloss, Shadowlight, and Dremains. She has also served as President of the Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, works with death-related businesses through her consulting firm Doth, and publishes death and loss-related resources. Prior to her work as a thought leader and entrepreneur, Imperi worked as a chaplain-thanatologist in one of America’s 25 largest jails, served as a mortuary college professor, a crematory operator, hospice volunteer, grief support group leader for children and adults, and served on the board of a green burial startup. Her first book A Guide to Your Grief will be published in 2023. Imperi is a compassionate expert on death, grief, and loss, and offers practical advice about cultivating empathy and resilience to overcome adversity.

 

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Thanatologist, chaplain, deathworker, author, and entrepreneur Cole Imperi is one of America’s leading experts on death, dying, and grief. Imperi is a compassionate expert on death, grief, and loss, and offers practical advice about cultivating empathy and resilience to overcome adversity. ...

Thanatologist, chaplain, deathworker, author, and entrepreneur Cole Imperi is one of America’s leading experts on death, dying, and grief. Imperi is a compassionate expert on death, grief, and loss, and offers practical advice about cultivating empathy and resilience to overcome adversity.

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Cole Imperi is an author, speaker, triple-certified thanatologist, founder of the School of American Thanatology and one of America’s leading experts on death, dying and grief.

She is best known for her work pioneering the fields of Thanabotany™ and Deathwork™ (which includes Death Companioning) and through her development of Shadowloss™, Shadowlight™ and Dremains™. Cole is the founder of the School of American Thanatology, which has students from 20 countries across 12 timezones.

Cole has worked as a chaplain-thanatologist in one of America’s 25 largest jails, mortuary college professor, crematory operator, hospice volunteer, grief support group leader for children as young as 3 to adults, and served on the board of a green burial startup.

In addition to her work at the School of American Thanatology, Cole is currently serving as President of the 177-year-old Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum in Covington, Kentucky, works with death-related businesses through her consulting firm, Doth, and publishes death and loss-related resources.

Her book, A Guide to Your Grief, will be published by Kids Can Press in 2024.