AOTA CEUs: 0.15


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Course Description

What is grief? What are normal grief responses? What is involved in the final life transition—death? These are some of the questions that will be discussed in this course. The role of culture, palliative and hospice care, advance directives, and the role of spirituality in death and dying will be described. Interactions, healing strategies, and rituals that use the senses and bring comfort and peace for the dying will also be explored.


The goal of this course is to provide the health care professional with an understanding of the psychological, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of death and dying for older adults.

Course Objectives - Upon completion you will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the grieving process.
  2. Identify psychological responses, physical symptoms, social changes, and spiritual aspects of normal grief responses.
  3. Describe the role of cultural and ethnic traditions in the grieving process.
  4. Explain the psychologic, spiritual, social, and physical aspects of the process of dying for older adults.
  5. Explain the purpose of advance directives.
  6. Define and describe palliative care.
  7. Identify and describe aspects of hospice care.
  8. Differentiate between hospice and palliative care.
  9. List the advantages and disadvantages of dying at home.
  10. List interactions and healing strategies for the dying.
  11. Describe the use of the senses in rituals for the dying.
  12. Examine spiritual dimensions of death and dying.

Course Content

Target Audience

Nurses, health care professionals, and interested individuals

Criteria for Successful Completion

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course Evaluation Form.

Certificate of Completion is provided for individual courses once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

Certificate of Completion is provided for certificate programs once all of the courses within the certificate program have been successfully completed per criteria above.

Practice Level (For Occupational Therapy Only):  Intermediate

Content Focus (For Occupational Therapy Only):  Domain of OT

Commercial Support No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Advance Practice

Behavioral Health

Case Management


Healing Environments

Holistic Health

Home Health


Integrative Health

Long-Term Care

Mental Health


Occupational Therapy


Pain Management

Palliative Care


Psychiatric Health

Social Work




Health Care Administration

Health Education

Marriage and Family Therapy



Occupational Therapy


Physical Therapy


Respiratory Therapy

Social Work

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