Learn about the developmental processes of death and dying related to dying individuals and their families. This online course is framed in the context of those working for human service agencies.
Given regular course participation, staying on schedule, and careful and comprehensive reading, this online death and dying course will help students:
- Become familiar with the developmental and lifespan processes related to death, dying, and grief.
- Gain a contextual view of issues that may influence individuals' coping with loss and experiences of grief.
- Relate to the personal and emotional aspects of death, dying, and loss.
- Recognize a range of loss experiences and know how to support people in their experiences of loss and grief.
- Understand theories about, and research on, coping with death, dying, and other losses.
- Accurately apply theories and concepts to grief and coping with loss.
- Become familiar with medical, legal, financial, and cross-cultural issues related to death and dying.
This course can be applied toward:
HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology); completion of 30 credits.
All prerequisites must be completed, or consent must be given from the instructor, prior to enrollment.
If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the Canvas (learning management system) section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Death & Dying, Life & Living, 8th Ed. (2018)
Corr, Charles A. and Corr, D.M.
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
American Psychological Association
Dr. Rizzo is an Assistant Professor in the HDFS department. She has been teaching online for more than 5 years and has taught a variety of courses in HDFS. Dr. Rizzo has a background in Marriage and Family Therapy and was part of a small team that founded the Child Trauma & Resilience Assessment Center at CSU.