Elective unit (Min. No. 8)
1st semester: Wednesday evening
This unit of study will begin by exploring the general nature of loss and grief by examining the most common loss and grief events in human experience, critically examining the various theoretical approaches. This unit will also explore some of the more obscure loss and grief situations: such as family breakdown, unemployment, relocation and migration, war and seeking asylum, abuse and discrimination, chronic illness, and suicide. Finally, it will explore a number of pastoral strategies which may be useful in assisting a person experiencing loss and grief. This will include an exploration of ethical boundaries and collaborative pastoral approaches.
PREREQUSITES: DP8001Y Foundations for Pastoral Practice
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. articulate a clear understanding of the theory that has developed around the experience of loss and grief through a critical reading of current literature
2. articulate an understanding of the experience of loss and grief, in all its complexity, in a variety of life situations
3. critically evaluate the various theoretical and pastoral approaches to the experience of loss and grief, assessing their value to the ecclesial environment of pastoral ministry
4. define and illustrate the specific role and ethical boundaries of a therapeutic relationship and how that may manifest itself within the ecclesial pastoral environment
5. describe illustrate and critically evaluate the pastoral, theological and spiritual contribution and limitations of such a relationship and outline an essential collaborative role with specialist professional services or in a multi-disciplinary setting
6. develop and present a synthesis position on appropriate pastoral intervention strategies for a selected complex loss and grief situation
Description of, and reflection on, a personal loss and/or grief situation 1000 words (20%); weekly reflection on assigned reading tasks, 200 words per week over 10 weeks = 2000 words (30%); theory and practice essay 3000 words (50%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
*Attig, Thomas. How We Grieve: Relearning the World. 2nd ed. Oxford: OUP, 2011.
*Giddings, Philip, Martin Down, Elaine Sugden and Gareth Tuckwell. Talking About Dying: Help in Facing Death and Dying. London: Wilberforce Publications, 2016.
Hooyman, Nancy R., and Betty J. Kramer. Living through Loss: Interventions across the Life Span. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.
*Machin, Linda. Working with Loss and Grief: A Theoretical and Practical Approach. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2013.
Mallon, Brenda. Dying, Death and Grief: Working with Adult Bereavement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2008.
Nolan, S. Spiritual Care at End of Life: The Chaplain as Hopeful Presence. London and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley, 2010.
Pargament, Kenneth I. Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. New York: The Guilford Press, 2011.
Verhey, Allen D. The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.
Lecturer: BARRY ROGERS