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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Pastoral Care in Dying, Grief and Loss
    Subject Ministry
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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.

    Dr Graham Redding - email

    Teaching staff

    Dr Graham Redding

    Paper Structure


    • Module 1: Death and dying
    • Module 2: Theological/Ethical Issues
    • Module 3: End-of-life Care
    • Module 4: Grief Pastoral Care
    • Module 5: What makes for a good Funeral? Religious & secular perspectives in tension
    • Module 6: The Funeral Service
    • Module 7: Grief in the Public Square


    • Three essays
    Teaching Arrangements

    Seven 2-hour videoconferences.


    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


    Semester 2

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