An introduction to the specialist field of pastoral care in end of life situations which may arise in a number of settings: in the home through community palliative care services; general medical wards and Intensive Care Units in hospitals; in specialist palliative care wards or hospices; and increasingly in aged care facilities. It is important and presumed that spiritual care providers will have some background in the theology (appropriate to their faith community) of death, dying, meaning and hope etc. This unit focuses on the practice of working with people in this setting including the capacity to address issues which are potentially religious in expression in a way that can also assist the non-religious person.

Unit Code: DP8032S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a clear understanding of the unique issues that arise when working with people receiving end of life and palliative care and their family members in a variety of settings;


Identify and integrate within reflective practice an awareness of their own responses to terminal illness in others and demonstrate an appropriate understanding of self-care;


Describe and illustrate in practice reflection the tools required for working with the strong emotions and the cognitive disruptions often associated with dying and the death of loved ones;


Demonstrate an informed model of reflection on some of the processes and spiritual and theological decisions associated with preparing to die;


Describe and integrate in practice, pastoral responses appropriate to the spiritual needs of the dying.


Lectures, Tutorials, Case Study Presentations, Practice Scenarios.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review 1,000 words

1000 20.0
Case Study

Case Study 2,500 words

2500 40.0
Verbatim Report

Verbatim and reflection 2,500 words

2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-20 10:43:01 +1000