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GC 600
Christian Death and Dying

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Course Information

The Christian perspective on death and suffering has always presented a unique theism of a personal God who willing allowed himself to experience suffering and death through the Incarnation of the 2nd Person of the Trinity.  The story of Jesus offers the perfect paradigm and example on how Christians should greet suffering and death.  This does not mean the Christian is immune from the emotional, psychological, or spiritual pains of suffering, but it does mean via Christ, the ultimate teacher and example, Christians can transform suffering into something greater than mere loss.  Through Christ’s death was life, and through a proper understanding of Christian suffering, eternal life and merit can be found and applied to one’s life.  This course explores the sufferings of Christ, his saints, and looks at the Christian notion of death and man’s final eschatological end.   It sets the foundation for the Christian perspective on Christian grief. Course Code: GC 600. Contact hours of continuing education = 35.

This course is specifically designed for those who are studying to meet the education requirements for the Certification in Christian Grief Counseling. This course and program is only OPEN to those who have already attained Certification status as a Certified Grief Counselor in the American Academy of Grief Counseling.

Prerequisite- You must have successfully completed SC 510 before taking this course.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. 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

Instructor/Course Author: Mark Moran, M.A., SC-C, GC-C

Email: Mdmoran7@yahoo.com

Resume: access here            

TIME FRAME:You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the required courses in the Christian Grief Counseling 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 required textbook for this course:

On Christian Dying: Classic and Contemporary Texts. Edited by Matthew Levering.  A Sheed and Ward Book: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2004. ISBN-0-7425-3465-0

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There are additional reading assignments for this course. The additional readings are provided for students in the online classroom.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 35 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: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 35 Contact Hours.

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Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* 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.




Blog of the American Academy of Grief Counseling: access here

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

  1. To understand the unique theism Christianity offers concerning the human condition
  2. To fully appreciate the sacrifice of Christ in accepting suffering not only for our salvation but also for our example
  3. To have a fuller appreciation of the tradition of the saints in their personal examples of how they accepted suffering
  4. To grasp the Christian context of martyrdom
  5. To theologically comprehend better the eschatology of Christianity concerning death and the afterlife
  6. To differentiate the necessity of the human body and its resurrection in Christian tradition versus non-Christian traditions
  7. To utilize various applications of Christian philosophy to Christian clients
  8. To direct Christian clients to various reading sources of inspiration, guidance, and grace in their times of suffering and grief
  9. To enhance one’s knowledge of pious Christian traditions that concern themselves with the grief of Christ.
  10. To mold oneself and one’s client after the image of Christ as the Suffering Servant
  11. To increase one’s love of the Christian faith and better equip oneself for times of grief.


A brief abstract of content:

Christian Suffering
Eschatology of Pope John Paul II
Introduction to “On Christian Dying”
St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. Polycarp of Smyrna
The Martyrs of Gaul
St. Athanasius
St. Ambrose
St. Augustine
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine of Genoa
St. Thomas Moore, Part I and II
St. John of the Cross
St. Francis de Sales
St. Joseph Cafasso
John Henry Newman
St. Therese of Lisieux

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