THL565 Dying, Death and Pastoral Care in Ageing (8)

This subject presents a holistic approach to death and dying in the later part of the lifespan. The focus of the subject is on developing a high level of knowledge and understanding of pastoral and theological considerations for professional and vocational practice. It examines religious, spiritual, and secular perspectives on death and dying. Ethical aspects and rituals surrounding death and dying are considered from a variety of cultures and religious traditions.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies)

Subject Relationships

THL465 Masters equivalent of THL465

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

- be able to demonstrate high level understanding of religious, spiritual and secular perspectives on death and dying;
- be able to demonstrate high level ability to identify pastoral needs of older people who are dying;
- be able to identify and justify sensitive and appropriate advanced level spiritual and pastoral care measures for people who are dying and their families;
- be able to articulate a well developed account of the Christian theological interpretations of death;
- be able to creatively design appropriate liturgies and rituals facilitating mourning;
- be able to provide evidence of high level ability to recognise and respect the variety of faith perspectives on dying and death;
- be able to provide evidence of a high level of understanding of ethical issues of dying and death; and
- be able to reflect critically on professional and vocational practice, including self-care.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Death and dying in later life: a. Religious, b. Spiritual, and c. Secular perspectives - Christian theological perspectives on dying and death - Spiritual and pastoral approaches to dying and death - Experiences and portrayals of death and dying in a multicultural society - Multi-faith perspectives on dying and death, including rituals - Ethical issues in dying and death in later life - Reflective practice and self-care of the pastoral carer related to working with older people who are dying


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.