Thanatology (Death and Dying) (Part-time)
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
About the ProgramThis program aims to promote awareness and understanding of death and how it affects individuals. Courses in the program focus on grief and bereavement issues, communication strategies and religious philosophies of dying and death from the perspective of both the dying and the bereaved. Graduates of this unique program will have the skills and experience to better understand, support and care for those facing or coping with death.
The program is ideal for individuals who work with the terminally ill or their families and for those who provide support or assistance to those affected by death including police officers, teachers, paramedics, social workers and employees in hospitals, hospices and long term care facilities. These courses would also help family, friends and caregivers of the dying or deceased cope with and manage death.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
Note re: Admission RequirementsStudents must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
How to ApplyStudents may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
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Graduate OpportunitiesFor more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Graduation RequirementsStudents are requried to successfully complete all courses specified in the Program Design.
Program Related Resources
- Reflect on personal views, beliefs and experiences of death
- Describe the role of thanatology and death education in society
- Discuss contemporary issues and topics related to death and thanatology
- Explore death and the grief response from a variety of perspectives
- Identify coping strategies for individuals experiencing grief and loss
- Identify the benefits of emerging bereavement techniques
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.
|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|HEAL1500||Introduction to Thanatology
Description: This course introduces students to thanatology; the study of death and dying. Students will develop an understanding of the broad, interdisciplinary nature of thanatology and will explore personal attitudes and experiences of death. Current issues and topics in thanatology such as near death experiences, death in the arts and media, and the business of the funeral industry will also be explored.
|HEAL1510||Religious Beliefs, Traditions and Customs of Death
Description: Students will explore attitudes towards death and the death rituals and ceremonies of world religious traditions including Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. Students will also explore the religious attitudes and beliefs concerning immortality and life after death.
|HEAL1520||Mourning, Grief and Bereavement: Reactions and Responses to Death
Description: Reactions and responses to death from a variety of perspectives will be examined in this course. Students compare anticipated responses to death as determined by an individual's relationship to the deceased. Other factors influencing the grief response such as age, gender and manner of death are also considered.
|HEAL1530||Coping with Death: Counselling, Support Groups and Alternative Therapies
Description: Various coping strategies for individuals experiencing grief and loss will be introduced in this course. Students examine the mourning process; they survey different counselling theories and approaches and identify groups and organizations dedicated to grief and bereavement issues. In addition, emerging trends such as art therapy, journaling and online communities are presented.
|HEAL1540||Learning from Death and Dying
Description: In this capstone course, students integrate learning from other courses in the program to develop an understanding of the role of death and dying, grief and bereavement in modern society. Inspirational readings and personal narratives offer practical insight and powerful life lessons that will assist students of thanatology in providing support to individuals facing or coping with death.
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