Introduction to Grief and Bereavement

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.

Learning Outcomes

This course intends to provide you with the opportunity to:

Develop awareness and appreciation of historical and contemporary theories and approaches to grief and bereavement, how they can influence one's role, and how to create inclusive practices, communities and environments to support grieving individuals and families.

Learners who successfully complete the course will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Examine the historical and contemporary landscape of the bereavement field, definitions, theories, research, and practice.
  • Assess the impact of variables that influence grief and bereavement, with attention to more complicated and traumatic experiences.
  • Identify anti-oppressive strategies to enable intercultural communication and inclusive environments for diverse groups, beliefs, and grief responses.
  • Apply theory, research, and best practices to support grief experiences and processes.
  • Cultivate critical self-awareness through reflexive writing.









Course can be applied towards

Grief Education: Compulsory Courses

Full Course Details

Section Title:

Introduction to Grief and Bereavement

Enrolment Session:

2022 Fall



Total Hours:




08 Sep 2022 to 20 Oct 2022

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Course Fee(s):


Section Note(s):

Registration deadline: September 1, 2022, 11:59pm EST

Please note: This course will take place virtually online. You will need a device connected to the internet to access the online learning platform and conference platforms from a browser.

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