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FIF 611 The Elephant in the Room: Lessons About Living from Dying and Death

Course Description

While we all face dying and death of friends and family, and eventually our own, the topic often raises fear and anxiety causing us to avoid talking about it. Avoiding this 'elephant in the room' adds to our uncertainty and sets the stage for unnecessary suffering. We will consider some of the medical, psychological, social, spiritual and other experiences you might expect at the end of life. Discuss resources to reduce suffering, and what we can we learn about living from dying and death.

Course Details

Bruce Arnold

Instructor: Bruce Arnold, PhD

An associate professor in UCalgary's Department of Sociology, Bruce Arnold has a long-standing personal and professional commitment to reducing suffering among the dying and their families. This course focusses on the insights and practical skills he has gained from his international research, teaching, clinical work with the dying, consulting, and volunteering in palliative care. He is currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychiatry affiliate faculty with the Institute of Palliative Care at California State University, and for the last four years has instructed with Alberta Health Services Regional Inter-agency Palliative Care Education Program in Calgary.

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