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Dancing with Mortals: Ministry in the Face of Death and Grief

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In this world, to live is also to die.  The reality of death dramatically informs our living, and yet it is a reality that we can tend to ignore until forced to consider it.  It is vital for ministering persons to grapple with the reality of mortality, their own and others, and to develop means of caring equal to the complexity and mystery of death and grief.  This course will explore the reality of death, and the nature of ministry to those who are dying and bereaved.  Theological, spiritual, psychological, and ethical dimensions of death, dying and bereavement will be discussed.  All with a view to preparing students to embrace more deeply the reality of their own mortality, and to equip them to care for others in the face of death and grief.  

Knowing...

  • To deepen appreciation for various perspectives and attitudes towards death, dying and bereavement.
  • To help students develop a robust theological, psychological and spiritual perspective of death, dying and bereavement.
  • To facilitate reflection upon some of the ethical and legal issues that can arise in the face of death.
  • To foster an appreciation for the complexity and mystery of death and dying.

Being...

  • To help students gain a greater awareness of their own perspectives and attitudes towards death, dying and bereavement.
  • To facilitate the student’s development of theological and spiritual resources for dying and bereavement.
  • To deepen the student’s appreciation of their own mortality, and the way in which our mortality gives shape to the way we live and minister.

Doing...

  • To help students minister effectively with those who are dying and bereaved.
  • To equip students to use theological, psychological and spiritual resources appropriately in the care of those who are dying or bereaved. 
  • To foster the development of ways of living and ministering that embraces the reality of mortality.