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GC 680

elisabeth Kubler Ross & Grief Theory



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The teachings and research of Elisabeth Kubler Ross have left a great imprint upon the study of bereavement.  Her research led to the famous phases or steps of grieving for terminally ill patients, starting with denial and ending in acceptance.  However, her research and ideas are much deeper than the steps that developed from her dedicated visitation with the dying.  With it comes a philosophy of death as experienced and formulated by Kubler Ross.  From her writings we see not only a doctor and physician but a caring friend to the dying.  This course looks at three of her works, “On Death and Dying” where she lists her famous steps of grief, and also her two other works entitled “On Children and Death” and “Death: The Final Stage of Growth”.  I hope these texts help grief counselors find a deeper appreciation for one of the pioneers in the science of bereavement. Continuing education hours = 50. Course Code: GC 680.

Pre-requisite: this course is particularly designed as a recertification course for Certified Grief Counselors, and Certified Pastoral Thanantologists.

Instructor/Course Author: Mark Moran, M.A.

Email: Mdmoran7@yahoo.com

Resume: access here

This is a guided, independent study CEU Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There is one written assignment for this course. Details are provided by the course author/instructor.

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There are three (3) required textbooks for this course:

On Death and Dying. Elisabth Kubler Ross. Scribner; First Scribner Trade Paperback Edition edition (June 9, 1997). ISBN-10: 0684839385 ISBN-13: 978-0684839387

On Children and Death: How Children and Their Parents Can and Do Cope With Death. Elisabth Kubler Ross. Scribner; First Edition edition (June 9, 1997). ISBN-10: 684839393 ISBN-13: 978-0684839394

Death: The Final Stage of Growth. Elisabth Kubler Ross. Scribner; 1 edition (June 9, 1997). ISBN-10: 0684839415 ISBN-13: 978-0684839417

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on "Grief Counseling." Access AIHCP Store: click here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American Academy of Grief Counseling and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

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* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

Understand the importance and significance of Kubler Ross on the science of bereavement

Incorporate some aspect of her teachings or philosophy into one’s own grief counseling ministry

Identify the four steps in Kubler Ross’ Grief Steps

Understand the need of better pastoral implementations for the needs of the dying in hospital settings

Better help children grieve

Educate others on the needs of grieving children

Learn more about other cultures and their views on mourning and death

Challenge one’s own philosophy on death as not just a physical experience but a total human experience

Feel less inhibited in discussing death

Be better equipped to help people express their ideas and fears regarding death

Face death personally and professionally not as an enemy but as a part of life


A brief abstract of content:

Kubler Ross Text “On Death and Dying”
Why We Fear Death?
Attitudes Towards Death
The Five Steps of Grief
The Value of Hope
The Patient’s Family
Interviews with Terminally Ill
Reactions to Kubler Ross’ Seminar

Kubler Ross Text “On Children and Death”
Letter to Bereaved Parents
Beginnings of Life
Sudden Death
Head Injuries and Coma
Natural Ways to Prepare Children for Life
Missing and Murdered Children
Alternative Treatments: Visualization
Children’s Inner knowledge of Death and Symbolic Language
How Can Friends Help?
Letting Go
Spiritual Aspects of the Work with Dying Children

Kubler Ross Text on “Death: The Final Stage of Growth”
Why Is It So Hard to Die

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