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PSY455 Psychology of Bereavement

Lead Faculty: Dr. Brenda Lee Shook

Course Description

An exploration of the basic psychological concepts associated with death, dying, and bereavement. Course work will include lectures, discussions, exams, research, and experiential exercises.

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the similarities and differences between bereavement, mourning, and grief
  • Compare and contrast normal and uncomplicated bereavement responses.
  • Evaluate the societal implications of disenfranchised losses.
  • Compare and contrast major bereavement process theories.
  • Assess how culture, religion, and spirituality are related to one's bereavement reactions.
  • Appraise how bereavement and loss are perceived, understood, and expressed at different stages of one's life.
  • Enumerate the ways in which bereavement in the workplace are experienced.
  • Evaluate the needs and experiences of those who are dying and their families.