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Thanatology (Death Studies) - A Practical Approach

Program Code 7982
Program Name Thanatology (Death Studies) - A Practical Approach
Description The certificate in Thanatology aims to promote awareness and understanding of death and how it affects individuals. Courses in the program focus on grief and bereavement issues, communication strategies and religious philosophies of dying and death from the perspective of both the 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 death.

This program would be ideal for individuals who work with the terminally ill or their families and for those who provide support or assistance to those affected by death including police officers, teachers, paramedics, social workers and employees and volunteers in hospitals, hospices and long term care facilities. These courses would also help family, friends and caregivers or anyone concerned with coping with death and dying.
Notes s: Textbook information: CETH101 and CETH 102: The Ultimate Challenge: Coping with Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Author Marilyn Hadad. CETH 103:2 textbooks: 1) The Ultimate Challenge: Coping with Death, Dying, and Bereavement, Author Hadad, Marilyn 2) The Mourning Handbook, Author Helen Fitzgerald. CETH 104: 2 textbooks: 1) The Mourning Handbook, Author Helen Fitzgerald 2) How to go on Living =When Someone You Know Dies, Author Therese A. Rando. CETH 105: 3 textbooks: 1) Dying Well, Author Ira Byok, 2) Final Gifts, Authors Maggy Callanan and Patricia Kelly 3) Tuesdays with Morrie, Author Mitch Albom.

Important: Most textbooks can be purchased through but The Ultimate Challenge textbook is recommended to be purchased in advance due to shipping delays. E-text option: To purchase the Etext for this resource, please go to:
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Mandatory Courses

Course Code Course Name
CETH-101 Introduction to Thanatology
CETH-102 Religious Beliefs/Traditions and Customs of Death
CETH-103 Mourning, Grief and Bereavement Reactions and Responses to Death
CETH-104 Coping with Death- Counselling/Support Groups and Alternate Therapies
CETH-105 Learning From Death and Dying