GERO 406: Death and Dying

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Course description


"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.]

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

Finding journal articles

the major social gerontology database.Guide:  An Introduction to the Ageline database

CINAHL Complete 
Nursing and allied health (sample subject term: Terminal Care)

Philosopher's Index 
(sample subject term: Assisted Suicide; Palliative Care; End of Life)

Sociological Abstracts 
major sociology database 

You can also browse a major journal in the area such as  Omega: journal of death and dying or Death studies

Finding books

Reference sources - handbooks and encyclopedias
for an overview of concepts and terms

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

  • Dying and Death in Canada [print and online ]
  • What dying people want: practical wisdom for the end of life [print]
  • Canadian health law and policy [print] Chapter 9 "Death dying and decision-making about end of life care" includes relevant cases
  • Death: Current perspectives [print]
  • Death, dying and Canadian families [online]
  • Dying and death in Canada [print or online]
  • End of Life Care: a national dialogue [online]
  • End of Life Stories [print or online]
  • Older Adult’s Views on Death [print or online]
  • End-of-life decision-making report from Royal Society of Canada
  • World of Bereavement: Cultural Perspectives on Death in Families [online]

Presentation links

Giving Effective Presentations
SFU guide providing detailed instruction on how to succeed in university presentations

How to Give a Short Presentation Competently
describing  "how to create an Awesome presentation"


Palliative Care and Hospice Associations


United States


European Association for Palliative Care 
"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 developing world



Deaths and age-specific mortality rates, by selected grouped causes Statistics Canada

Statistical Reports on Deaths in British Columbia BC Coroners Service

Leading Causes of Death and Hospitalization in Canada  Public Health Agency of Canada

Leading Causes of Death Statistics Canada

Life Expectancy and deaths Statistics Canada

Other sites

Death and Culture 
Wikipedia entry

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross 
official site

Human Mortality Database 
providing detailed mortality and population data (requires registration)

LGBT End-of-Life Conversations 
Gerontology Research Centre (SFU)

Longevity Game 
find out how long actuaries think you will live

Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada (QELCCC)

Right to Die Society of Canada

What Every Funeral Director Needs to Know About Green Funerals: A Handbook for Funeral Directors Green Burial Council