This introductory course explores foundational knowledge related to grief and bereavement definitions, theories, research, and practice.
Learners will be introduced to historical and contemporary perspectives, variables that influence grief experiences, diverse beliefs and styles of grieving, death practices and rituals, and best practices and resources for grief and bereavement care. Death and non-death losses will be examined. The approach to learning is collaborative and reflective. Learners are encouraged to think critically and consider their own experiences and attitudes about death, dying, grief, and bereavement. This course provides a conceptual framework for the exploration of grief and bereavement in more depth in subsequent courses.