Mourning, Grief and Bereavement

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This program aims to promote awareness and understanding of loss and death and how it affects individuals. Courses in the program focus on mourning, grief and bereavement issues, communication Strategies and religious philosophies of dying and death from the perspective of both and dying and bereaved. Graduates of this unique program will have the skills and experience to better understand, support and care for those facing or coping with loss and death.

  • Examine the mourning process; study different counselling theories and approaches and identify groups and organizations related to grief and bereavement issues
  • Enhance awareness of death, dying and the grieving process
  • Explore emerging trends such as art therapy, journaling and online communities are presented
  • Develop and understanding of key grief, death and dying counselling concepts immediately before and after death
  • Gain an understanding of the significance of spiritual, cultural, social, ethnic diversity and personal aspect of grief, death and dying and their influence on an individual's understanding of dying, death, and bereavement
  • Develop skills that will help the student to recognize and respond to the needs of others as they cope with loss and grief
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  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.

Recommended Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Students who struggle with communication or whose first language is not English are encouraged to explore upgrading options 
  • Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access)
  • Students should be familiar with computers, word processing, and email based systems prior to considering these courses. To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE introductory 'Computer Basics' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description Hours Delivery
PSYC10021 Thanatology Study death and dying. Develop an understanding of the broad, interdisciplinary nature of thanatology and explore personal attitudes and experiences of death. Current issues and topics such as near death experiences, death in the arts and media, and the business of the funeral industry will also be explored. 36 Online
PSYC10022 Religious Beliefs, Traditions and Customs of Death Explore attitudes towards death and the death rituals and ceremonies of world religious traditions including Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Explore the religious attitudes and beliefs concerning immortality and life after death. 36 Online
PSYC10023 Mourning, Grief and Bereavement Examine reactions and responses to death from a variety of perspectives. Compare anticipated responses to death as determined by an individual's relationship to the deceased. Consider other factors influencing the grief response such as age, gender and manner of death. 36 Online
PSYC10024 Coping with Death: Counselling, Support and Alternative Therapies Understand the various coping strategies for individuals experiencing grief and loss. Examine the mourning process, survey different counselling theories and approaches and identify groups and organizations dedicated to grief and bereavement issues. Emerging trends such as art therapy, journaling and online communities are presented. 36 Online
PSYC10025 Learning from Death and Dying Develop an understanding of the role of death and dying and grief and bereavement in modern society in this capstone course. Inspirational readings and personal narratives offer practical insight and powerful life lessons to assist you in providing support to individuals facing or coping with death and will better prepare you to confront your own mortality. Prerequisites: PSYC10021 and PSYC10022 and PSYC10023 and PSYC10024. 36 Online
PSYC10017 Death and Dying in Crisis Intervention Study the Hendricks' model of death notification, acute grief reactions, notifying children and the elderly of a sudden death (homicide, suicide, accidental), sudden infant death and parental grief, the grieving person's reactions, what can be done to facilitate mourning, pathological grief, risk factors and, multi-cultural issues. 36 Online

This program is geared for those working with the terminally ill, their families and for those who provide support and assistance to those affected by death including police officers, fire personnel, early childhood educators, teachers, paramedics, social workers and employees and volunteers in hospitals, hospices and long term care facilities.