As Americans, we know more about the causes and conditions surrounding death than ever before, but we are rarely equipped emotionally to cope with dying, death and bereavement. This course addresses the paradoxical relationship with our own death and the deaths of others by providing an understanding of issues related to the end of life.
While, thanatology is an approved topic for presentation in some elementary and secondary school curricula, the topics of death and dying rarely receive priorities in the classroom. However, wars, terrorism, natural disasters and an aging population have caused an increase in interest in death and dying in the curricula. This interest could have a positive impact on coping with various death-related situations.
Topics covered in this course include dying and death, the developmental aspects of dying and death at different age levels, the process of dying, suicide, animals and death, death rituals and funerals, and bereavement.
a. Become familiar with up-to-date information by presenting current topics of information from a wide range of sources.
b. Explain societal steps that could help children better cope with the death of an individual.
c. List at-risk behaviors for children after a traumatic death event.
d. Understand benefits of hospice care, as well as problems faced by hospice programs.
e. Discuss ethical and legal issues regarding the Internet in suicide promotion.
f. Be able to list ways that an individual can cope with the loss of a pet.
g. Understand the difference between a durable power of attorney and a living will.
h. Know the needs of the bereaved.
i. Understand the social function of the funeral.
j. Understand different religious responses and social needs related to the funeral.
This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Health and Human Development
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