Full time or part time - September through August
ONLINE - In-class + practicum
Admission requirements: There are no specific prerequisites that need to be taken prior to applying.
$550 per course + ancillary fees
Application deadline: March 1
The Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies consists of 4 certificate-credit courses offered by Continuing Studies at Western and 5 degree-credit courses offered by King's University College.
Note: Prospective students not enrolled in the Certificate in Grief and Bereavement may take up to two 'sample' courses prior to applying to the program.
Choose four certificate-credit courses from the list below:
GRBV 6001 Crisis Response Teams
For those who must respond to a death-related crisis, this course examines programs that use prior planning, education, and identification of sources of support to assist those who must face such crises. Specific issues to be examined are suicide, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and world issues. Attention will be paid to the spiritual issues arising from these problems
GRBV 6002 Communication with the Dying and the Bereaved
This course focuses on the different communication skills specific to the field. Topics covered include communicating with the terminally ill, communicating with bereaved families, the ethical aspect of communication, as well as dealing with children.
GRBV 6003 Grief Support Groups
For those who work in a professional or non-professional capacity in helping the bereaved, this course will explore various orientations toward healing after a death. Special emphasis will be placed on the roles of grief support groups in facilitating healing including the distinction between different types of groups and their appropriate use for given contexts. Attention will be given to group process, cross-cultural issues, emotional and spiritual needs of the bereaved and the needs of special populations
September 10 - December 3
12 Mondays, In-class
5:00 - 8:00, Wemple Bldg, King's College
GRBV 6004 Palliative Care: Applied Principles and Practices
This course is designed for students interested in special topics related to palliative care and focuses on: palliative care as a profession, palliative treatment systems and settings, assessment, treatment, and treatment issues among different populations; palliative care within the health care system, the legislative context of palliative care, and ethical and professional issues.
January 7 - March 29
12 Weeks, Online OWL
GRBV 6005 Creative Responses to Death and Bereavement
In this course, students will have an opportunity to learn about the interplay of the arts - music, literature, drama, visual art - and the role of creativity in responses to death and bereavement. Students will be able to increase their awareness of the creative arts for both creator and the person privileged to share the creation
May 6 - July 26
12 Weeks, Online OWL
GRBV 6006 Personal and Professional Issues
This course will cover ethical issues, organization of agencies, fund raising, cross-cultural issues, and care of the caregiver. Emphasis will be placed upon the multidisciplinary nature for palliative care including issues of multiculturalism and the emotional and spiritual needs of the dying; and the ethical issues faced by service providers including euthanasia
GRBV 6007 Loss Across the Lifespan
This course will examine concepts relevant to a variety of losses across the lifespan and will review key concepts such as resilience, risk, adaptation, coping, chronic sorrow, meaning making, transcendence, and other related frameworks.
The following four degree-credit courses are required: