An introduction to death, dying and grief
An introduction to death, dying and grief

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An introduction to death, dying and grief

An introduction to death, dying and grief


Welcome to this free course, An introduction to death, dying and grief. It is comprised of five sections that will take about 7 hours to complete in total. In Section 1, you will be introduced to different ways in which death is understood, by looking at language around death and how language conveys how people make sense of death. In Section 2, you will examine the meaning of a ‘good death’ and how this principally applies in the West. In Section 3, you will learn about assisted dying and will consider the different sides of the assisted dying debate. In Section 4, you will briefly be introduced to ethics and ethical dilemmas in practice. In the final section, you will explore grief and the expression of grief in private and in public.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course K220 Death, dying and bereavement [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Please note that this course includes video about people talking personally about their experiences in relation to death and dying.

If you have been affected by the issues in these videos, you can call Macmillan Cancer Support free of charge on 0808 808 00 00. You can also call Samaritans free from any phone on 116 123 (it will not appear on your phone bill), email, or visit to find details of your nearest branch. The Motor Neurone Disease Association also provides support to people affected by motor neurone disease in England, Wales and NI - 03457 626262 or visit The Motor Neurone Disease Association


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