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CERTIFICATE COURSE IN DEATH STUDIES

A Master's Program for Spiritual Care
in Illness & Dying. 

A path to introduce oneself to the themes of death and life.

In Montaigne's words we can recall how death is intertwined with life,

and therefore: 

"He who taught men to die would teach them to live".

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Key Lessons Of This Program

Here are some of the in-depth transformations available through the vision of the different modules of this course. 

• The spiritual dimension in the path of illness and in the face of death.

• Forgiveness and the art of hope: the importance of these aspects in the accompaniment of illness and in dying.

• Traditional techniques of preparation for death.

• Practical perspectives to change one's view on one's life and death

• The needs of the sick and dying from different ethnicities and religions

• The importance of being able to talk about death and mourning to children and adolescents.

• The importance of self-help and processing emotions in those who have to take care of others.

• The approach that different religions take in the face of death and the afterlife

• The sense of illness and suffering starting from the knowledge of the great wisdom traditions.

• What palliative care is, its history and the vision of taking care of people and their families globally.

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Key Features Of The Course

  • Downloadable lessons and workshops are available to manage your time and adapt the course to your personal rhythms and needs.

  • It is possible to access either the individual modules, or the fully integrated school.

  • It is possible to have direct contact with the teachers for question and answer sessions that are periodically organized live for the students.

  • To compensate for the reduced interaction with the teachers, this path includes in-depth modules and a greater number of hours than the in person Master's program.

  • This course is open and suitable for everyone, but issues a certificate and diploma exclusively to those who possess professional qualifications in the care professions (e.g., doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers), or to volunteers active in qualified and affiliated associations, only following an institutional request of the association to which they belong.

  • Those who do not have these requirements and are still interested in having a diploma, can enroll in the Master's Program in person (to learn more ...) or remotely (to learn more...)

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Course Structure & Directions

The modules of which the school is composed are arranged according to a precise training path. The fundamental stages of the path are:

  • Deepening of spirituality as a personal experience

  • Personal awareness of one's own mortality

 

  • The general principles and philosophy of accompaniment and palliative care

 

  • The practices of accompaniment

 

  • Communication in illness and mourning

  • Knowing how to talk about death to children

  • Spiritual support in mourning

  • Intercultural and interreligious dialogue

  • The tools to strengthen and support the companion

  • The art of accompaniment and the necessary spiritual practices

 

The course is divided into 16 modules of about 6-8 hours each. Each module consists of lectures and experiential activities , which offer the student exercises, internalizations and visualizations to help personalised involvement.

At the end of the course, the participants have the opportunity for a short Practicum in Italy with Fr. Guidalberto Bormolini himslef in assisting the dying and gaining immensely powerful insights.

Index of Modules

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Module 1

THE WORLD OF MYSTERY

Spirituality and the meaning of life and death.

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Module 4

ACCOMPANY... THE CHALLENGE OF DEATH

Knowing how to accompany death and illness at the end of life

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Module 7 & 8

HELPING THOSE WHO HELP

Self-help techniques: helping oneself to help those who suffer.

 

Module 10

HUMAN TYPES AND EFFECTIVE ACCOMPANIMENT

Enneagram, personality and ways of caring

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Module 14

RELIGIONS IN THE FACE OF ILLNESS, DEATH AND MOURNING

Formation for intercultural and interreligious dialogue.

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Module 2

THE LAST JOURNEY

The art of awareness to face the journey

Classroom

Module 5

TALKING ABOUT DEATH TO CHILDREN

Death education and mourning processing in developmental age.

 Serious Look

Module 9

HUMAN TYPES AND EFFECTIVE ACCOMPANIMENT

Enneagram, personality and ways of caring

Module 10

HUMAN TYPES AND EFFECTIVE ACCOMPANIMENT

Enneagram, personality and ways of caring

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Module 15

LEARNING TO DIE

Traditional techniques of preparation for death.

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Module 3

CURE WHEN YOU CAN NOT HEAL

The spiritual dimension in palliative care

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Module 6

BY THE HAND IN FRONT OF THE MYSTERY

The pediatric accompaniment

Module 10

HUMAN TYPES AND EFFECTIVE ACCOMPANIMENT

Enneagram, personality and ways of caring

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Module 13

SEEING BEYOND: THE AFTERLIFE IN CONTEMPORARY RELIGIONS & PHILOSOPHY

Is there life after death? Is there a soul? What path will the soul take?

Begin this beautifully guided journey about the other side to awaken within you a new vision towards life.