GERO 406 Death and Dying
Instructor: Dr. S. Koehn
NOTE: This page is in the process of being updated for Spring 2015
This web page is intended to help you find information for the GERO 406 assignments. For further assistance, ask at the Belzberg Library Reference Desk or contact Nina Smart, Liaison Librarian for Gerontology (778.782.5051 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Monday to Thursday.
Course Description and Introduction:
"This course will address contemporary issues as they pertain to the psychosocial aspects of individuals and families living with life-threatening illness and/or the death of a family member, with a focus on older adults. It will be of particular value to caregivers of the terminally ill and of older adults in long-term care. However, it challenges all of us to think more critically about issues commonly encountered in, and often sensationalized by, the media. Topics of enquiry include but are not limited to advance directives and living wills, the right to die/physician-assisted suicide, palliative care and hospice, dying at home vs. an institution, life-sustaining technology and DNR orders, burial rites, the meaning of death and the afterlife, and grief and bereavement. Considerations of ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, stigma and cultural values will be explored." For more information see GERO 406's Canvas page or course page.
See also Dr. Koehn's database of citations and scoping review folder, linked from her Biography page.
Dying and death in Canada BF 789 D4 N67 2008 The 2001 edition is available online
Death: Current Perspectives BF 789 D4 D38 1995
End of Life Stories Also in print BF 789 D4E53 2005
The last dance : encountering death and dying BF 789 D4 D53 2005
To find scholarly articles on your topic, start with these indexes:
- PsycINFO the major psychology index Hint: go to Advanced search and limit results by Age Group, i.e. Aged (65 yrs & older). See also their Quick Reference Guide
- Ageline the major social gerontology index
- ATLA Religion Database "religion in social issues"
- Philosopher's Index the "premier international resource in philosophy"
To be received by the Instructor in the last week of the course-either handed to the Instructor at the last class or e-mailed by Friday of the last week of classroom instruction.
This log should be started at the beginning of the course and is your own personal journal in which you keep your thoughts and key learning points as you progress through the course. It is intended to be both personal and experiential. While completing the log, students are asked to consider the following:
- In what ways has the course (presentation and readings, discussion and assignments) influenced your thinking about death and dying?
- Did you have any emotional responses to end of life issues in this course?
- What questions do you have about your learning experience in this course?
- How would you apply your learning in this course to working with elderly people who are dying?
The log therefore is to contain personal reactions and to be also reflective of the course content. Please quote specific course references in the log. The Instructor will be the only person reviewing the logs. Grading on this assignment is based on the quality of the reflective and integrative process.
- Encyclopedia of death and dying HQ 1073 E543 2001 "rich and fascinating articles on all aspects of death and dying. Arranged alphabetically by subject, each entry is signed and includes references and suggestions for further reading."
- Encyclopedia of philosophy B 41 E5 "the highest achievement of 20th century philosophy: Over 4,200 pages, over 1500 contributors"
- Handbook of family resilience See part 4: Resilience, Loss and Grief
- Macmillan encyclopedia of death and dying also in print HQ 1073 M33 2002 "a contribution to the understanding of life." Entries include bibliographies.
- Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy also in print B 51 R68 1998 "a multicultural affair with over 2,000 individual articles...to provide a sophisticated yet accessible intellectual primer that requires only a willingness to learn."
Wikipedia entries often have useful sections on external links (for example, the Suicide entry)
Students can view video clips of National Film Board titles such as "Griefwalker", "Afterlife" or "The Street" through NFB.ca
PBS also has useful video titles such as "The Undertaking" (or browse by topic such as Health and Wellness/Aging)
- Discussion paper on a provincial strategy for end-of-life care in British Columbia British Columbia BC Ministry of Health Services
- Provincial Framework for End-of-Life Care BC Ministry of Health Services
- The Pan-Canadian Gold Standards in Palliative Home Care: Toward Equitable Access to High Quality Hospice Palliative and End-of-Life Care at Home Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)
- Dying with Dignity " improve quality of dying and to expand end of life choices in Canada"
- Compassion and Choices " a nonprofit organization, improves care and expand choice at the end of life. We support, educate and advocate."(U.S.)
- Campaign Life Coalition "We defend the sanctity of human life against threats posed by abortion, euthanasia, doctor-assisted suicide... "
- Quality End-of-Life Care: The Right of Every Canadian
- Death with Dignity Act Annual Reports (Oregon) and Death with Dignity Act
- Of Life and Death - Final Report The Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
- Quotes by Elisabeth Kuebler- Ross
- The Definition of Death from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- The Canadian Law Reform Commission’s definition of death (1979)
- Dealing with Sudden Death BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
- Beware the 5 Stages of Grief TLC Group
Meaning of Life and Meaning of Death in Successful Aging Paul Wong, International Network on Personal Meaning
Palliative Care Associations:
- Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) "That all Canadians have access to quality end-of-life care"
- BC Hospice Palliative Care Association "to ensure quality of care for British Columbians faced with a life-threatening illness, death and bereavement"
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)The professional organization for physicians taking care of people at the end of life
Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) Provides professional support and fellowship for medical
practitioners working in palliative care
- Palliative Care Council of South Australia useful publications in the Information Centre
- European Association for Palliative Care "palliative care in Europe and to act as a focus for all of those who work, or have an interest, in the field of palliative care"
International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Providing education about palliative care and hospice in the
- Age pyramid of Canada 1901 to 2001 Statistics Canada
- Leading Causes of Death and Hospitalization in Canada Public Health Agency of Canada
- Leading Causes of Death in Canada Statistics Canada "This publication lists statistical tables of ten leading causes of death in Canada for selected age groups by sex; ten leading causes of infant death; and ten leading causes of death for provinces and territories by sex."
- Demography BC Stats
- Infoline (December 5, 2008) from BC Stats -- this issue has causes of death in BC
- Mortality, Summary List of Causes Statistics Canada
- Life expectancy at birth Statistics Canada
- Predictors of death in seniors Statistics Canada
- Suicide: the hidden epidemic from CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)
Medical Illness and the Risk of Suicide in the Elderly Archives of Internal Medicine
- Sociology of death and dying from Trinity University
- Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross official site
- American Hospice Foundation
American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics "to provide high-quality scholarship, debate, and critical thought to the community of professionals at the nexus of law, medicine, and ethics."
Americans for Better Care of the Dying "dedicated to ensuring that all Americans can count on good end of life care."
- Delta Hospice Society Delta, BC. See Resources/Brochures and Pamphlets
- Coordinataedcare.net "Learn how to arrange for advanced illness care here"
Dying Well "for people facing life-limiting illness, their families, and their professional caregivers"
Growth House "provides content development and syndication services for organizations working with death and dying issues".
Hospice Net "For patients and families facing life-threatening illness"
- Human Mortality Database providing detailed mortality and population data (requires registration)
- Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC)
- Right to Die Society of Canada
- Longevity Game Find out how long actuaries think you will live.
For citing research in your footnotes and bibliographies, refer to the following:
- Citation Guide: APA SFU library guide
- Publication manual of the American Psychological Association BF 76.7 P83 2010 [It's also available at the GRC library, call number RE 550 P82 2001.] Chapter 2 has content and organization of a manuscript as well as examples of papers.
- APA style help from APA
American Psychological Association (APA) Format from Purdue University