PSY 315 - Psychology of Death and Dying

3 credits (PREREQUISITE: PSY 112 OR DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION)

This is an intense course in both its emotional content and its learning activities. As Homo-sapiens we are the only species conscious of our own mortality. The course provides students with an understanding of the human processes of dying, death and bereavement; topics on attitudes and practices in preparation for death; understanding of and care for the terminally ill; funeral rituals, burial, mourning and grief practices; grief counseling; and suicide and euthanasia. To confront death and dying as a part of life helps to reduce unnecessary suffering, loss of dignity, alienation, and diminished quality of life – understandings essential for individuals as well as professionals in the field. SS (F)