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This CE course provides a comprehensive look at world religions and their perspectives on death and dying.  Within the course, you will examine both Eastern and Western philosophies on death and the next life.  Within the personal aspect of death, the course will delve into various ideals of heaven, hell, judgment, reincarnation, and other methods of salvation as seen through the prism of multiple religious ideals.  In addition to personal death, the course also examines the broader elements of eschatology or end times. This course provides for knowledge acquisition regarding death and dying, specifically related to the religious affiliations of clients. Students will gain a greater insight into client beliefs about death and dying, related to their own beliefs and practices. Upon completion of this course, participants are awarded 40 contact hours of continuing education. Course Code: PT 500

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Certified Pastoral Thanatologist with the American Academy of Grief Counseling.

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

Resume: access here

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses required in the Pastoral Thanatology program. 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 is one (1) required textbook for this course:

How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife (2nd Edition).  Edited by Christopher Jay Johnson, PhD and Marsha G. McGeee, PhD.  The Charles Press, Publishers, Inc. 1998.   ISBN: 0-914783-85-8

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

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 "Pastoral Thanatology." Access AIHCP Store: click here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 40 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.

BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* 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.


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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between Eastern and Western ideologies on death and dying.
  • Understand the various religious beliefs on the afterlife.
  • Utilize the knowledge above in counseling situations.
  • Understand and discuss the many rituals which religious affiliations use related to death and dying.
  • Compare and contrast major differences in how the various religions view dying and the after life.
  • Define "death" from major religious affiliations.
  • Discuss common practices of various religions for funeral services.
  • Discuss sacred texts of various religions related to themes of death and dying.


A brief abstract of course content:

1) Assemblies of God
2) The Baha'i Faith
3) A Baptist Perspective
4) Buddhism
5) Christian Science
6) The Churches of Christ
7) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
8) Hinduism
9) Islam
10) Judiasm
11) Lutherans
12) Presbyterianism
13) A Quaker Perspective
14) Roman Catholicism
15) Seventh-day Adventist Church
16) Unitarian Universalism
17) United Methodist Church
18) Unity
19) Zoroastrianism

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