Rebecca Brown, M. Div. CT, is a Thanatologist who challenges our American discomfort with death by sharing experiences from her work with hospitalized adolescents and young adults who are suffering or dying young. She is the founder and director of Streetlight, a support program in Florida that partners premedical students with young people who are living with a chronic illness or fear of an early death, creating an experience that is transformational for both the patient and the healthcare student. In her work, by also shining a light on what she calls our cultural “pornographic” relationship with death as projected through film, video, and gaming images of violence, Rebecca tries to understand the fear, anxiety, and despair that such cultural compcomponents can ultimately evoke in those who are dying, as well as in the living, because of the illusion that is created that death should be avertable and unnatural.
Rebecca holds a degree in music and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She lectures on death education, palliative care, bereavement, and adolescent spiritual formation in the 21st Century.