About A Course in Dying

One of the absolute certainties of life is that it will end in death. What this death exactly is, how it will happen or what it means, is an obscured matter for most people. The fact is that each of us will be faced with death one way or another, sooner or later.

A Course in Dying offers those interested in the subject a new platform to resort to, undefined by cultural background, age or religion.

Through my own personal experiences I discovered there are still a lot of taboos that circle around death in today’s world. Due to the evolution of medical science and the rise of secularization in the West, we are losing our personal involvement with death and our rituals to make sense of it. By talking about mortality and sharing our thoughts and experiences, my goal is to shed light on death’s shadowy cliché and transform it from a feared topic into something meaningful that can be accepted as a part of life.

What also intrigues me is how death inspires the living. Fear of death may be at the core of all human fears, but it has also inspired writers, musicians and artists since the early days of mankind, and has sparked them to create beautiful works of immense significance.

With A Course in Dying (ACID) I explore this topic and create content with the aim of raising death awareness. From death education, funerary evolution, near death experiences and the history of death rituals, to interviews, artist features and cemetery reviews.



All content is written and curated by ACID’s founder, Claudia Crobatia (the Netherlands, 1984).

I am a visual artist and writer from Amsterdam who has turned her passion for the hidden side of things into this platform. You can read more about me and my motivation for starting ACID in this post.

I hope to inspire you to become familiar with the “big unknown” and come to see it as something definitely inevitable, and perhaps potentially even beautiful.

If you wish to get in touch with me, you can do so through here.


With love,




Portrait by Mo Schalkx
Logo design by Steven Vogel / Black Lodges