An innovative Certificate program offering professionals and lay persons an opportunity to explore cultural, social, and personal aspects of loss, death, dying, and grief; to gain knowledge and experience in providing support for those who experience significant losses, individuals who are terminally ill, and those who experience grief, and to examine relevant legal, ethical, and social issues. The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of loss and grief, with an emphasis on effective support and collaboration with community-based services. Many of the courses in this program will be offered online or in mixed-methods teaching models. The Certificate in Loss, Grief, and Bereavement Studies replaces the former Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Studies offered through Western's Centre for Continuing Studies.
Academic standing is retained for the degree-credit courses completed in a certificate program. Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, may pursue the Certificate concurrently with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Courses for the Certificate taken concurrently with a Thanatology module may count for both.
Enrolment in the Certificate requires students currently registered in an undergraduate program, to have a cumulative average of 65%.
To qualify for the Certificate in Loss, Grief and Bereavement Studies, students must achieve an overall average of 65% in the following 5.0 courses:
2.5 courses: Thanatology 1025A/B, Thanatology 2225A/B (or the former Thanatology 2200), Thanatology 2230F/G, Thanatology 2231F/G, Thanatology 3360A/B.
2.0 courses from: Thanatology 2206F/G, Thanatology 2602A/B, Thanatology 2605A/B, Thanatology 3601A/B, Thanatology 3603A/B, Thanatology 3606F/G, Thanatology 3607A/B.
0.5 course from: Thanatology 2232F/G, Thanatology 2233A/B, Thanatology 2234F/G, Thanatology 2235A/B, Thanatology 3320F/G, Thanatology 3321F/G, Thanatology 3322F/G, Thanatology 3323F/G, Thanatology 3355F/G, Sociology 2245.