GRN233 Supporting End of Life
Provides health care workers, caregivers, religious and spiritual counselors, social workers, fiduciaries, and family members the knowledge and skills to support the end of life process with dying persons and their families. Explores the physical, emotional, spiritual, legal, and financial aspects of dying, as well as grief and bereavement. Audit available. (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).
Distance Education: Web Course Information
- From the Instructor:
- Hello! My name is Larry Hansen, and I'll be your instructor for this course. I grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, just south of Portland. I graduated from Oregon State University in 1969 with BA in English Education. After teaching in secondary schools for 2 years, I spent 30 years doing sales and marketing work in the automotive aftermarket. In 1997, I received my MA in Theology, with an emphasis on liturgy and spiritual care at the end of life. I am an ordained clergyman and Board Certified Chaplain (BCC). I also hold an endorsement from my professional organization in hospice and palliative care and hold the Certificate in Thanatology (CT) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Since 1987, I have worked in the palliative care and hospice community, first as a volunteer, then as Chaplain and Volunteer Coordinator at Legacy Hopewell House, an inpatient facility for hospice patients, from which I 'retired' in February, 2013. In addition to teaching at PCC, I now serve as an Associate Chaplain at the Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Oregon. As we know, living itself is terminal. It has a 100% mortality rate. The process of dying and death is a critical time in a human life, impacting family members, friends and one's community--in addition, of course, to oneself. Yet for the most part, our culture doesn't deal well with this universal experience. We live in an age where so much is medically possible that death can often seem like the product of a medical mistake, oversight or accident of some kind. We have come to see death as a disease or the defeat of life, rather than as Dr. Ira Byock has described it, as the 'culmination of human experience.' As we travel this journey together, you will no doubt hear or see a statement that has become a mantra for me: that when we care for chronically- and terminally-ill people, we are not taking care of them. We are taking care of one of us who, as my late father used to say, is 'farther up the mountain.' The words of Dr. Victoria Sweet repeat the point succinctly: 'Whatever our current role, it (is) temporary. With time and the seasons, a host goes traveling and becomes a guest; a guest returns home and becomes a host. That is what the word hospitality encodes. And in a hospital, the meaning of that interchangeability is even more profound, because in the hospital, every host will for sure become a guest; every doctor a patient. . .(A)nyone who knocked at the door. . .could be me. It (is) me' (from Gods Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. Riverhead Books, 2012, pages 196-197). It is my hope that through this course--and in addition to the theories and practices you learn--you will gain insight into your own, very human responses to the thought of your death and will find in that personal work a sense of solidarity with the people you serve. The more self-knowledge we have, the more the skills we acquire will truly benefit others. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: 1. Use the tools and insights offered in the course to reflect on their own responses to the awareness of their own mortality. 2. Assist dying persons and their families through basic end-of-life planning and decision making, in coordination with other professionals and support systems 3. Along with other health care professionals, apply palliative care measures to persons approaching the end of life 4. Working with other health care professionals, support the emotional, spiritual and social needs of persons approaching the end of life and their families. 5. Provide basic pre-death grief support to dying persons and basic post-death support to their survivors.
- Course Specific Requirements:
- Distance Education: Web Course Information for CRN #12436. Web Technical Requirements: Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode. Students with Disabilities: Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website. Course Information Related Links: Distance Education, Web Courses, Online Orientation This page includes limited results. See all available sections for this class. Registration: To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 12436) of your selected classes. Textbooks: To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. GRN233).
- Web Technical Requirements:
- Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
- Students with Disabilities:
- Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
- To register, you need the CRNs (ex. 22398) of your selected classes.
- Please note that for many courses, additional fees may apply.
- To find textbooks, you need the CRN, Campus, Term & Course Number (ex. BA101).
|CRN||Campus / Bldg / Rm||Time||Days||Dates|
|WEB »||12436||-||05-Jan-2015 thru 21-Mar-2015|
Instructor: Larry B Hansen
Notes: Community-Based Learning Integrated--www.pcc.edu/cbl
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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