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PT 490

Pastoral Care of Families of the Dying

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Welcome to the online CEU course; “Pastoral Care of Families of the Dying”
This continuing education course provides an overview of studies, research, and dynamics related to pastoral care of families of the dying. Adult learners will study theories on the role of faith in contexts of dying and grieving, family systems, perspectives of pastoral care over family issues, and other related content. Progression in the course then focuses on processes of faith development, pastoral care for dying persons, pastoral care for mourning and grieving family units and members, ideas on the administration of religious resources in grief-related contexts, and the importance of self-care for the pastoral care practitioner.

This course provides a theoretical and functional presentation of issues regarding the influence of faith in circumstances of dying in the midst of grieving family systems and methods of approach for the pastoral care practitioner. Upon successful completion of this course, students are awarded 40 contact hours of continuing education credits.

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:

Paul J. Moon, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A., FAAGC, GC-C
Certified Grief Counselor/Fellow AAGC

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Email: pjessiemoon@gmail.com

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 is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Bowman, G. W. & Koenig, H.G. (1997). Dying, grieving, faith, and family: A pastoral care approach. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Pastoral Press.

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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 (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 40 Contact Hours. Access information

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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.


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

  1. Discuss faith development theory.
  2. Understand gender differences in faith development.
  3. Discuss ethnic differences in faith development.
  4. Articulate an overview of Family Systems perspective for pastoral care.
  5. Understand concepts of family therapy for pastoral care.
  6. Advance a useful framework of practice for pastoral ministry to the dying in context of family dynamics.
  7. Identify ways to utilize existing support systems in pastoral care of the dying.
  8. Identify dynamics of the dying to consider in pastoral care.
  9. Define the role of pastoral care towards the dying.
  10. Understand issues of particular illnesses and pastoral care.
  11. Identify common elements of human grief.
  12. Define constructive (“healthy”) grief.
  13. Discuss the role of pastoral care during the periods of anticipatory and post mortem grieving.
  14. Discuss the utilization of religious resources in contexts of persons dying and grieving.
  15. Explore issues of self-care for the pastoral care practitioner.
  16. Understand the impact of the pastoral care practitioner’s subjectivities on issues of dying, death, and grief when rendering help to others.


A brief abstract of content:

1) Theoretical framework of faith development
2) Individual differences and issues of variance in faith development
3) Family Systems and ministry to the dying and grieving
4) Pastoral care to dying persons
5) Pastoral care to grieving family members during their loved one’s dying
6) Pastoral care to those grieving post mortem
7) Constructive or healthy grieving
8) Administration of religious resources in pastoral care for the dying and their families
9) Self-awareness and self-care for the pastoral care practitioner

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