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Program overview
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Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
London (Ontario, Canada)

London (Ontario, Canada)

London (Ontario, Canada)

Program description


As part of Interdisciplinary Programs the Thanatology program and certificate offers a wide variety of courses including an overview of bereavement and grief, ethical issues, palliative care, suicide, children and death, spiritual and philosophical issues, change and transition, popular culture, grief and trauma, and diversity and social justice. In addition, the undergraduate program offers a practicum course which includes a 45-hour field placement, and a grief counselling course which involves experiential learning of basic counselling skills

King's University College has had an effective Death Education Program since 1976. More than 4,000 students have taken our university courses in Death and Bereavement. A certificate program in Grief and Bereavement Studies was started in 1994, most of the courses are now available by distance (e-mail) education.

In cooperation with the University of Western Ontario, Centre for Continuing Studies, we have developed a Certificate Program in Grief and Bereavement Studies. There are fewer than 10 such programs in North America.

Admission requirements

Completion of first-year requirements with a minimum average of 60% in 3.0 principal courses including Thanatology 1025A/B with a minimum grade of 60%.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Introduction to Thantology
  • Research Methods in Thanatology
  • Topical Issues in Thanatology
  • Principles of Palliative Care
  • Bereavement and Grief: Overview and Interventions
  • Children and Death: Theory and Interventions
  • Suicide: Theory and Interventions
  • Change, Transition and Loss
  • Popular Culture and Death
  • Special Topics 2021/22: Religious Perspectives on Death and Dying
  • Special Topics
  • Communicating with the Dying and Bereaved
  • Creative Responses to Loss and Grief
  • Spiritual and Philosophical Issues in Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • Grief Counselling and Support
  • Diversity and Social Justice Issues in Thanatology
  • Grief and Trauma
  • Extraordinary Experiences
  • Ethical Issues in Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Practicum in Thanatology
  • Personal and Professional Issues
  • Therapeutic Modalities in Loss and Grief
  • Social and Political Discourse in Thanatology
  • Research Methods in Thanatology
  • Advanced Seminar in Thanatology
  • Special Topics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information

Tuition fees

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King's University College at The University of Western Ontario

Founded in 1954, King’s University College at Western University is a Catholic, liberal arts university college affiliated with a large, world-class university. King’s students enjoy small classes led by outstanding faculty on a small, beautiful campus while enjoying the experiences...

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King's University College at The University of Western Ontario

266 Epworth Ave.
N6A 2M3 London Ontario

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