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Teaching Death and Dying$
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Christopher M Moreman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.001.0001

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 Death, Loss, and Bereavement: The Role of Social Work

 Death, Loss, and Bereavement: The Role of Social Work

(p.79) 6 Death, Loss, and Bereavement: The Role of Social Work
Teaching Death and Dying

Estelle Hopmeyer

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes a graduate level course on life-threatening illness, loss, and bereavement taught at the McGill University School of Social Work. It presents current goals, content, format, and assignments. It also addresses strategies utilized to assist students in processing and integrating this powerful practice material. In this course students must challenge themselves both as emerging professionals wanting to become skillful in working with individuals and their families, and personally as they are required to face issues related to their own loss history and mortality. Unlike many chapters in the book, this one presents many examples of clinical practice related to death and dying and non-bereavement loss. Examples of specific areas addressed are the impact of culture, sudden stigmatized death (suicide), disenfranchised grief, and psycho-social loss.

Keywords:   social work, bereavement, loss, non-bereavement loss, suicide, disenfranchised grief, graduate level

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