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This course, The medicalized context of bereavement, asks you to consider the experience of grief and bereavement and in particular the extent to which grieving people need professional help. The course considers the evidence for the effects of grief and the extent to which current ways of responding are helpful.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate sound knowledge and critical understanding of multifaceted and diverse approaches to death, dying and bereavement
  • Explore multiple contexts of bereavement
  • Integrate different experiences of death, dying and bereavement with theoretical knowledge
  • Critically reflect on policy and practice in order to promote the interests of dying and bereaved people.

Course Curriculum

Section 1
Is grief a medical problem? 00:35:00
Section 2: Efforts to measure the effects of grief
Introduction 00:20:00
Neuronal changes during grief 00:30:00
Section 3
When grief goes wrong 01:10:00
Section 4: To medicate or not to medicate?
Introduction 00:20:00
Using antidepressants for grief 00:40:00
How effective are antidepressants in general? 00:10:00
Are there alternatives to medication? 00:10:00
Section 5
Conclusion 00:05:00

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