We only get one chance to have our dying wishes met, which is why it’s vital to talk, plan and make arrangements for the end of life – before it’s too late. Did you know death, dying and bereavement has been a major research and teaching theme at the OU for over twenty years? Find out more on our research page.
During this year's Dying Matters Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019), we have curated a collection of free learning content from OpenLearn to open up the subject that most people still view as a taboo.
Death and Dying Matters
The language we use to talk about end of life care matters because it conveys the values we attribute to life and death says lecturer at The Open University, Dr Erica Borgstrom.Read now ❯The language used during end of life care matters
In 1961 the Suicide Act made suicide legal in England and Wales but it remained a criminal offence to assist or encourage someone else to commit suicide. In 2010, following a successful legal battle by multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy, new guidelines were published on assisted suicide to clarify when people were likely to face prosecution. Gary Slapper, Professor of Law at The Open University discusses the case and its implications on assisted suicide and mercy killing with Frances Gibb, legal editor of The Times.Listen now ❯Right to Die
Learn about death and dying
This free course, Living with death and dying, explores how knowledge of and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people's lives. It will also examine the concept of a 'good death' from an individual perspective in order to enhance the quality of dying.Learn more ❯Living with death and dying
How do we approach death and dying at an individual level? How do we understand it within a wider social context? What are the ethical dilemmas faced by carers and dying people at the end of life? This certificate introduces a range of issues relating to death, dying and dementia care. Drawing on real case studies and acted scenarios, you’ll see and hear from people living with dementia, and from dying people and their carers. You’ll learn how people manage grief (including following sudden and mass death); and explore the social context of death and dying, end-of-life care, bereavement, and ethics. You’ll also explore the incidence and pathology of dementia and its impact on the person with dementia; how people are cared for at home and in care settings; and the ethical dilemmas associated with dementia. Throughout your studies, the emphasis is on the reality of end-of-life care and what changes can improve that care.Learn more ❯Certificate in End-of-Life Care
In the fast-changing world of today’s care sector, professionals at all levels need to be proactive and flexible in order to succeed. This degree in health and social care provides a sound and critical understanding of policy, theory and practice, and will help you to develop as an independent and reflective learner. By the end of the degree course you’ll be able to evaluate your own and others’ roles in the context of policy developments; evaluate emerging strategic solutions; and recognise and value diversity and difference. You’ll understand how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors influence the provision and development of services; and gain the essential critical and analytical skills needed to engage in the development of evidence-based practice. You will also examine the context and processes of change in yourself, in groups and in services, including new ways of working across agencies and professional boundaries.Learn more ❯BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care