Psychology of Grief

Course code 73131

This course aims to provide the learner with an opportunity to process their experiences, understand them more fully and develop a range of responses for the future – moving away from purely intuitive emotional responses towards being able to choose how best to respond. Within the course, the learner is provided with opportunity to examine their own feelings about loss and grief so that they may be more open to the grieving of others, as well as reviewing literature relevant to grief and loss. Students will also gain an understanding of healthy and dysfunctional grieving processes and will learn strategies for facilitating the grieving process, dealing with the grieving, preventing abnormal grief reactions and knowing when specialist counselling is needed.


How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 3 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Topics covered include

  • the psychological and physical needs of people who are dying
  • theories and patterns of grief
  • specific Mäori practices relating to dying, loss and grief
  • children’s and adolescents’ experiences and understandings
  • experiences from the carer’s perspective
  • facilitating and managing grief
  • grief counselling
  • special types of loss; and
  • organisations dealing with loss, grief and dying.

Other requirements

Entry test

If you have not successfully completed study at Level 5 or higher you need to pass an online entry test before enrolling in this course.


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.


Assessment 100% In-course.

Lecturer / Tutor