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MINS410 Pastoral Care in Dying, Grief and Loss

The role of chaplains, ministers and other caregivers in situation of death, dying and loss, and the ways they can facilitate a healthy grieving process.

Paper title Pastoral Care in Dying, Grief and Loss
Paper code MINS410
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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PAST 318
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts, PGCertChap, PGDipChap, MChap, BTheol(Hons), PGDipTheol, MTheol, PGDipMin, MMin
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Lynne Taylor

Paper Structure


  • Module 1: Death and dying
  • Module 2: Grief
  • Module 3: Grieving in Māori, Asian and African perspectives
  • Module 4: Theology of death, dying, loss and grief
  • Module 5: Ceremonies
  • Module 6: Self-care


  • Two essays (2,200 words) - 25% each
  • One essay (2,700 words) - 35%
  • Online discussion - 15%
Teaching Arrangements

Five 1-hour videoconferences and one teaching day via Zoom


Textbooks are not required for this paper

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Articulate and evaluate a variety of situations that cause grief, including death, dying and other various kinds of losses
  • Critically analyse patterns of healthy grief and complications to grief
  • Critically analyse the role of chaplains, ministers and caregivers in situations involving death, loss and grief
  • Critically analyse differences in grieving patterns in different cultures within New Zealand and articulate the implications for chaplains, ministers and other caregivers
  • Articulate a personal theology of death, dying, grief and loss, informed by Christian theology
  • Critically analyse their own self-care needs in the face of caregiving after grief and loss

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system