Program Description

This program will promote awareness and understanding of loss and death and how it affects individuals. Focus on mourning, grief and bereavement issues, communication strategies and the religious philosophies of dying and death from the perspective of both and dying and bereaved. Graduates will have the skills and experience to better understand, support and care for those facing or coping with loss and death.

Program Highlights

  • Examine the mourning process; study different counselling theories and approaches and identify groups and organizations related to grief and bereavement issues.
  • Enhance awareness of death, dying and the grieving process.
  • Explore emerging trends such as art therapy, journaling and online communities are presented.
  • Develop and understanding of key grief, death and dying counselling concepts immediately before and after death.
  • Gain an understanding of the significance of spiritual, cultural, social, ethnic diversity and personal aspect of grief, death and dying and their influence on an individual's understanding of dying, death, and bereavement.
  • Develop skills that will help you recognize and respond to the needs of others as they cope with loss and grief.

Additional Details

Admission and Registration

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Simply ensure you meet the requirements listed on the Admission Requirements webpage prior to registering.

Interested in taking a single course? Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, the courses in this program can be taken individually.


Career Opportunities

  • Working with the terminally ill and their families
  • Providing support and assistance to those affected by death including police officers, fire personnel, early childhood educators, teachers, paramedics, social workers, etc.
  • Be employed or volunteer in hospitals, hospices and long term care facilities

For details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank (opens in new window).

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Completion Requirement

6 Course(s)

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This program of studies applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion email the Program Contact listed at the bottom of this page.

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A selection of courses will be offered each term. Visit our course schedule page for a tentative list of future offerings.

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