A Matter of Death and Life

The Harley School in Rochester, N.Y., wanted students to excel in their academics — but also in life. That’s why the private school offered a class called “hospice.”

Read the story of the students who signed up for that class, which included volunteering time with patients who were dying in nearby Shepherd Home.

At the precipice of the next big phase of their own lives, these senior-year high school students learned about death, compassion, and how contemplating the end of life gives shape and context to everything that comes before it.