This certificate program is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of issues related to loss, but especially those related to dying, death, and the resultant bereavement whether the death is a result of a long-standing chronic illness, an acute condition, or a traumatic incident.

Focus areas of the program will include the nature of spirituality in times of crisis and mourning and grief. In recent years, the study of Thanatology has become widely acknowledged and many professionals and caregivers are seeking opportunities that will allow them to develop and enhance their skills in these areas.

This 63-hour program, with nine required courses, will benefit the professional and personal caregiver. At the conclusion of the course, you will have developed:

  • Knowledge of the research relevant to dying, death, and bereavement
  • Understanding and practical approaches relevant to dealing with death and dying
  • Comprehension of the significance of spiritual, cultural, and ethnic diversity and their influence on an individual’s understanding of dying, death, and bereavement.

Kimberly L. Rabago, MSW - view her bio

Newtown Campus
$179 per course

The Association for Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting toward the continuing education requirements for the ADEC CT and FT programs.                     

Required Courses
  I.    The Nature of Loss
  II.   The Dying, Terminally Ill Patient
  III.   Cultural and Spiritual Issues in Dying 
  IV.   Preparing for Death - Sat., 1/24/15
  V.    Caring for the Caregiver through the Illness and the Aftermath - Sat., 2/14/15
  VI.   Trauma and the Dying Process - Sat., 3/14/15
  VII.   Bereavement, Grief and Mourning - Sat., 4/11/15
  VIII.  Dealing With Loss or Death During the Holiday Time - Sat 12/13/14
  IX.    Looking at Dying, Death and Bereavement in Music, Literature, and the Arts Throughout the Ages - Sat., 5/9/15

Required Courses

I:  The Nature of Loss

Throughout life we all suffer losses: from our “blankie” as a small child, to the death of a loved one, a divorce or the loss of a body part as we grow and mature. The effects of ANY loss will be examined as will the necessity of grieving.

WHPAH 0051 WB1

II: The Dying, Terminally Ill Patient

Comprehending the medical, social, psychologi­cal and spiritual issues are all important aspects of relating to individuals during this portion of their lives. Responses to chronic illness, the distinction between palliative care and sustaining life at all costs will be examined. Issues dealing with the psychological stages of dying will be examined from the perspective of the dying person and sig­nificant others.

WHPAH 0052 WB1

III: Cultural and Spiritual Issues in Dying

The wide spectrum of cultural and religious issues that patients and their families must face when they deal with death and dying will be reviewed. This course will include the dying and grief pro­cess and views that various cultures and religious groups have of death.

WHPAH 0053 WB1

IV: Preparing for Death

This class will provide you with issues relevant to the psychological, legal, financial and funeral issues relevant to preparing for death. Advanced directives, patient’s wishes and funeral preparations will be reviewed. You will have the opportunity to examine the impact and significance of obituaries, eulogies, epitaphs and memorial services.

WHPAH 0054 WB1/ Sat., 1/24, 9am - 5pm

V: Caring for the Caregiver through the Illness and Aftermath

The end of life affects not only the patient, but those who provide care as well. Examine and discover techniques to reduce potentially harmful effects that result in compassion fatigue. Methods to overcome the stressors of care giving are covered.

WHPAH 0055 WB1 / Sat., 2/14, 9am - 5pm

VI: Trauma and the Dying Process

Traumatic incidents and unexpected death have a psychological impact on survivors. Co-victims, families and friends of the deceased must learn to cope with traumatic events. Issues dealing with losses, grief and bereavement from traumatic incidents are reviewed.

WHPAH 0056 WB1 / Sat., 3/14, 9am - 5pm

VII: Bereavement, Grief and Mourning

This class examines issues influencing grief reaction and bereavement. Bereavement following the death of a parent, child, spouse, or co-victims of suicide, accident or violence requires special attention. Normal and complicated grief are discussed.

WHPAH 0057 WB1 / Sat., 4/11, 9am - 5p

VIII. Dealing with Loss or Death During the Holiday Time

Holidays, especially those during the first years after any loss can be extremely painful. Discuss­ing “normal” grief reactions and proposing pos­sible holiday “alternatives” meaningful birthday and anniversary remembrances and methods of “getting through” will be presented.

WHPAH 0070 WB1

IX. Looking at Dying, Death and Bereavement in Music, Literature, and the Arts Throughout the Ages

Clergy, psychologists, sociologists, and artisans describe the experience of suffering, death and grief as an integral part of humanity. A comprehensive relevance of music and the arts as it relates to death, dying and grief is discussed.

WHPAH 0072 WB1 / Sat, 5/9, 9am - 5pm

To register, please call 215-968-8409, select option #1.   For additional information, please call 215-968-8106 or 215-968-8316.