HDFS 332 - Death, Dying, and Grief

  • 3 credits
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Developmental processes of death and dying related to dying individuals and their families, for human service agencies.

Course Learning Objectives (these are to communicate the observable and measurable student learning outcomes for every course offering):

Given regular course participation, staying on schedule, and careful and comprehensive reading, students will be able to:

  • Be 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.
  • Be able to 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.
  • Be familiar with theories about and research on coping with death, dying, and other losses.
  • Be able to accurately apply these theories and concepts to grief and coping with loss.
  • Be familiar with medical, legal, financial, and cross-cultural issues related to death and dying.

This course can be applied towards:


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology).

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given 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 section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Death & Dying, Life & Living, 7th Ed. (2013)
    Corr, Charles A. and Corr, D.M.
    ISBN: 111184061X
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    American Psychological Association
    ISBN: 978-1433805615


Christine Kemp
Christine Kemp