National University

BER603 Bereavement Throughout Life

Course Description

Examines the dynamics of bereavement for individuals across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations. Topics include developmentally appropriate bereavement responses, gender differences in expression of bereavement, and age appropriate interventions. Learners will demonstrate learning through collaborative projects, virtual discussions, and application of material via written work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify how children, adolescents, those in early, middle, and late adulthood experience bereavement.
  • List and describe the different losses one may experience throughout different stages in life.
  • Compare and contrast cognitive development across the lifespan, and describe how it affects one's bereavement process.
  • Examine and describe how one's developmental stage affects how one conceptualizes a loss and how that in turn affects the expression of bereavement.
  • Describe how coming to terms with loss does not end at some predefined point, but rather integrates and transforms the meaning one creates in life.
  • Describe how one re-grieves as one matures.
  • Explain resilience, coping skills, and meaning making as it relates to bereavement.
  • Explore and identify how loss has been experienced, understood, and expressed in your own life.
  • Describe how loss is not only associated with death, and thereby identify how other types of non-death related losses are associated with bereavement.
  • Describe how loss, bereavement, and meaning making change one's self-identity.