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[Thanatology 2200] - Final Exam Guide - Ultimate 118 pages long Study Guide!


Department
Thanatology
Course Code
THAN 2200
Professor
Charles Corr
Study Guide
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Thanatology 2200
FINAL EXAM
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THAN2200
Chapter 1 Part 1: Education about Death, Dying & Bereavement
Origins of Death Education:
Death was Taboo in American Society:
-An inappropriate topic for scholarly research, education, or public discussion
The Death Awareness Movement:
-Late 1960s – early 1970s
-Pioneers (Feifel, Kübler-Ross, Saunders) advocated for the inclusion of Death & Dying
into relevant discussions of Life & Living
-Thanatology - the organized body of knowledge associated with the study of Death &
Dying
Why Study Death & Dying?
Professional or Vocational Reasons:
-Working with/preparing to work with persons coping with death
Unresolved Grief & Loss Issues:
-Dealing with the aftermath of a death-related experience
Ongoing Experiences:
-Struggling to cope with a current death-related experience
Curiosity or a Desire to Prepare:
-Seeking personal growth, knowledge, understanding, or readiness for future events
Principal Forms of Death Education:
Formal Death Education Informal Death Education
Learning from:
-Formal, organized programs:
oSchools
oColleges/universities
oVolunteer training programs
oCommunity workshops
Learning from:
-Family
-Life experiences
-Society:
oMedia
oPop culture
oInternet
oTeachable moments
4 Dimensions of Death Education:
1. Cognitive
2. Affective
3. Behavioural
4. Valuational
Cognitive: (mental)
-Intellectual aspects of Death & Dying
-It provides factual information about death related experiences
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-Knowledge
-Death education teaches us about different theories/interpretations
Behavioural:
-Explores why people act the way they do in death-related situations
-Interacting with dying &/or grieving persons
Affective:
-The feelings, emotions & attitudes about death, dying & bereavement
-Sharing & discussing grief reactions & mourning responses
Valuational:
-Identify, articulate, & support basic values of human life
-We wouldn’t have life without death etc.
6 Goals of Death Education:
1. Enrich the personal lives of individuals
2. Inform & guide individuals’ personal relations with society
3. Prepare individuals for their public roles as citizens
4. Support professional & vocational roles
5. Enhance abilities to communicate effectively about death-related issues
6. Create awareness of how human development across the life course interacts with death-
related issues
What Does Learning about Death & Dying Teach Us about Life & Living?
By: We Gain:
-Studying death-related experiences
-Exploring issues related to life-threatening
illnesses & dying
-Examining topics associated with
bereavement & grief
-Reflecting on the place of death in human
life
-A greater awareness of our limitations & of
what we still can control or influence
-Appreciation that we face challenges both as
individuals & as members of communities
-Recognition that being vulnerable can be
joined with resilience
-Greater sensitivity to the importance of quality
in living & finding meaning
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