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PAST318 Pastoral Care in Dying, Grief and Loss

The role of chaplains, ministers and other caregivers in situations 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 PAST318
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One 200-level PAST paper
MINS 410
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
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.

Dr Graham Redding:

Teaching staff

Dr Graham Redding

Paper Structure


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


  • Two essays (1,700 words) - 25% each
  • One essay (2,500 words) - 35%
  • Online discussion - 15%
Teaching Arrangements

Five 2-hour videoconferences and a teaching day in Wellington.


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
  • Describe a variety of situations that cause grief, including death, dying and other various kinds of losses
  • Analyse patterns of healthy grief and complications to grief
  • Analyse the role of chaplains, ministers and caregivers in situations involving death, loss and grief
  • 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
  • Evaluate their own self-care needs in the face of caregiving after grief and loss

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Not offered in 2023

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