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GERO 406: Death and Dying

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Course description

Instructor: Dr. Sharon Koehn

"The focus of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the process of dying. By examining the process of dying, one's personal response to death as well as society's reaction and responsibilities toward dying, the student will gain new insights in caring for the dying person.." [Note: for more information see the GERO 406 course outline and page in Canvas. If there are discrepancies between  information listed on this page and that in Canvas or instructor handouts, please refer to the latter.]


How to give effective presentations

Term paper (finding articles and books)


Researching and writing an essay

  • Start Your Research Here - Follow this SFU guide to researching and writing a term paper.  
  • Do you already have a good article (HINT: as in a reading from a module in Canvas) and want more? Try citation pearl-growing, as shown on this Youtube tutorial either using an EBSCO database like Ageline right below or using Google Scholar

Journal articles

You can also browse a major journal in the area, Omega: journal of death and dying


  • Dying and Death in Canada [print and older edition is online]
  • What dying people want: practical wisdom for the end of life [print]
  • Macmillan encyclopedia of death and dying [print or online] for understanding concepts
  • Handbook of family resilience [online] See part 4: Resilience, Loss and Grief
  • Handbook of thanatology: the essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying, and bereavement [print or online]

Other titles


Palliative Care and Hospice Associations


United States



Other sites