This course will address the theoretical framework of human loss and grief from a culturally and philosophically diverse perspective. Students will be provided with information about why and how humans grieve and how grieving is affected by type of loss, socioeconomic and cultural factors, individual personality and family functioning. Attention will be focused on life span development and the meaning of death and loss at different ages. Various types of loss will be discussed from an individual, family, and socio/cultural/ecological perspective. The importance of understanding trauma and its relationship to grief and loss will also be addressed. Coping and resiliency in loss will be explored, emphasizing the diversity of human response and focusing on the significance of social groups in integrating loss. The formation and practice of rituals, and diversity in religious and spiritual experience as a component of coping with loss will be discussed.
|Semester:||Spring / Summer 2022|
|Instructor:||Debra K. Mattison|
|U-M Class #:||64577|
|Time:||Tue 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
press escape to closeProgram Type describes the program in which you are pursuing, i.e., residential or online part-time. At this time, residential students may not enroll in online part-time courses and online part-time students may not enroll in residential courses.
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|Credits:||3 Credit Hours|
|Interpersonal Practice||Elective (Host)|
|Mgmt & Leadership|
|Policy & Political|
|Children & Families||Elective|
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106