Students will learn to utilize knowledge about the physical, psychological, and spiritual/religious dimensions of death, loss, and life transitions in applied settings. Guided by faculty with years of experience, students will examine:

  • Multicultural perspectives on death
  • Existential psychology
  • Spiritual direction
  • Death and loss in literature and film
  • The use of poetry with death, loss, and life transitions

The Death, Loss, and Meaning Certificate program seeks to sharpen awareness and deepen understanding, simultaneously broadening perspective and opening new vistas. Graduates from this program will be able to enhance their professional scope of practice and maintain mindfulness in working with issues of death, loss, life transitions, and meaning. Psychologists, spiritual leaders, counselors, therapists, nurses, or physicians will have an opportunity to enhance sensitivity, imagination, and fortitude in working with individuals who are dying or preparing for death or, equally important, dealing with significant loss or transition.

More program information can be found in our academic catalog.