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Death Education Certificate
Despite its certainty for every living creature, death is a subject few care to contemplate. Even fewer receive formal death education—that is, systematic instruction and guided exploration of the multitude of issues surrounding the end of life. As a result, most people are ill-prepared to cope with death and dying when it touches their personal lives. When you complete this certificate, you will have an advanced understanding of death and dying, grief and mourning, and you’ll learn how to offer meaningful support to those in need.
- Appreciation of diversity in human thought and experience
- Development of speaking and listening skills
- Acquisition and practice of self-reflection as a tool for continued personal and professional growth
- Support from the Mastodon community
- A prestigious Purdue education
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Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Improved comfort and ability to speak about death and dying, and to listen to others speak of both
- Knowledge about grief and mourning (normative and complicated/traumatic) and an ability to support others who are bereaved in an effective manner
- Heightened awareness of one’s own mortality and how to convert that awareness in order to live higher-quality lives
- Practical knowledge about end-of-life care and advance planning
- An appreciation of historical, cultural, developmental, and religious differences surrounding death and dying
- Bereavement Coordinator
- Child Life Specialist
- Hospice Social Worker
- Medical Social Worker
- Mental Health Counselor