Beyond Kübler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief

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Donate to HFAAvailable as a self-study course on DVD and online, this program explores the most current theoretical perspectives on death, dying, and grief, emphasizing areas where understandings of dying, death, and grief have been challenged and developed since the 1969 publication of Kübler-Ross’ epochal work, On Death and Dying.  The presentation emphasizes the practice implications of these new perspectives and would be useful to a range of professionals who counsel persons who are dying or bereaved, including psychologists, counselors, clergy, social workers, nurses, physicians and other health care workers, as well as educators, teachers and school-based personnel.  In addition, it would benefit individuals who offer education on loss, grief, dying or death.

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Expert Panelists

  • dokaKenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle

  • schachterSherry R. Schachter, PhD, FT, RN, Director Bereavement Services at Calvary Hospital/Hospice

  • larsonDale G. Larson, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University

  • clarkElizabeth J. Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH, Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers

  • bonannoGeorge Bonanno, PhD, Professor at Columbia University and author of "The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells us about Life After Loss."

  • thomasonSteven L. Thomason, MD, MDiv, Chief Medical Officer at Circle of Life Hospice of Northwest Arkansas

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role, value, and limitations of stages theories in the understanding of the dying process;
  2. Describe two task models of the dying process;
  3. Define anticipatory grief and trace the evolution of the concept;
  4. Describe the process of grief, noting grief manifestations and factors that influence the grieving process;
  5. Discuss six challenges to current understandings of grief;
  6. Name three factors that have increased cultural diversity in the U.S. and discuss the effects of cultural diversity on grief theory and practice;
  7. Describe contemporary research on grief interventions.

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Read the complete segment summaries here. Segment summaries:

Part I: The Dying Process (Approximately 60 minutes)
Part II: New Perspectives on Grief (Approximately 60 minutes)

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Target Audience

Clergy, counselors, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers, case managers, psychologists, physicians, funeral directors, marriage and family therapists, caregivers, and those working with death, dying, grief or bereavement. Program is useful for all levels of education - entry level, intermediate or advanced.

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