HLT2400 Survey of End of Life Issues

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. David Simmons

Course Description:

The process of dying initiates a common set of issues and concerns at the end of life. This course guides students considering a ministry in healthcare, social work, or hospice to consider the issues of grief, loss, unfinished business, spiritual concerns, and meaning in the context of the dying process.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Given the size of our aging population and rising cost of healthcare, end of life concerns have become a national issue. This opens up the opportunity for ministerial and ecclesiastical contribution to the needs of this population. Students interested in serving God through the work as a medical professional or social worker or hospice caregiver must have an essential understanding of end of life issues both as a foundation for further study in their respective fields and as a means of responding with relevance to this growing social need.

Why This Course Is Important:

One of the great accomplishments of a life well lived is to die well. However, with advancements in medical technology and professionalized care of the dying, many are unequipped to face the interpersonal and spiritual work needed to die well. In this course, students will gain a basic understanding of the common issues at the end of life. Grief, loss, unfinished business, spiritual fear, spiritual growth, the stages of dying, life review, and issues of meaning will each be examined. This course will provide guidance to students considering a ministry in healthcare, social work, or hospice.