• Winter-Spring Unit

  • Grief, Loss and Family Systems Theory


    • Develop conceptual framework of grief and loss
    • Develop a theological framework from which to reflect on the topic of suffering
    • Examine grief and loss from different stages of life, as well as from different cultural and institutional perspectives
    • Familiarity with the personality development theories of Erik Erikson, Carol Gilligan, the Stone Center Writers
    • Familiarity with family systems theory
    • Integration of Behavioral Sciences with Theology


    • Read a theological text on suffering and make a group presentation
    • Present verbatims to group which illustrate grief, loss, and suffering
    • Required reading in appropriate literature
    • Presentation to peer group regarding theoretical/practical issues on the topic


    • Explore one's personal experience with grief and loss and how that impacts one's responsiveness to grief in others
    • To explore one's own personality and family systems development


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