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Tentatively 15 and 16 Feb 2022

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Year 2018
July 2018

Essentials of Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement

Tentatively 7 and 8 Mar 2022

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The two-day interactive course gives an overview and summary of the field of thanatology.

It explores the social, cultural, psychological, legal, ethical, and spiritual issues raised by illness, dying, death and bereavement. It also explores the meaning of death and examines personal attitudes and fears to understand the grieving process and basic grief support throughout the life span.

All information is relevant to everyday life and most specifically to those practitioners providing death education, as well as those supporting the dying and bereaved.


The course will focus on applying theory and research to expand participants’ cognitive knowledge and practical skills to develop the emotional competence required for working with dying and bereaved individuals. It presents the essential topics and core knowledge for death-related counselling and death education using a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach:

  • Death and loss in contemporary society
  • The experience of dying
  • End-of-life decision making
  • Loss, grief and mourning
  • Assessment and intervention
  • Traumatic deaths
  • Life and death education
  • The future of thanatology


  • Doctors, Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Psychosocial Staff, Senior Management, Support Care Staff
  • Individuals who are working as volunteers or support staff working with critically ill, dying or bereaved individuals

Associate Professor Andy Hau Yan HO

Dr Ho is Associate Professor of Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Honorary Joint Associate Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Deputy Director of the Centre for Population Health Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Deputy Director (Research) at The Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC).

He is a Fellow in Thanatology, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement (IWGDDB), and the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).

He specialises in the research and teaching of public health palliative care, life and death education, psychosocial gerontology, holistic therapy and community empowerment. He has produced numerous public health campaigns and short film documentaries, as well as authored over 70 books, chapters, research reports and articles in prominent journals.

He is the first Asian recipient of the esteemed ADEC Academic Educator Award in 2018.

Course fees before subsidy: SGD 449.40 per person (including GST)

*Prevailing course fee subsidy for staff working in eligible Community Care organisations:
90% for Singaporean/PR and 45% for non-Singaporean/PR.

*Organisations will be billed the amount after subsidy.

Date: Tentatively 7 and 8 Mar 2022

Time: 9am to 5pm

Delivery: Zoom Online Platform

Registration will open approximately 1 to 2 months before the course. Please come back again for updates on registration opening.

Please email to enquiries@palc.org.sg for any queries.

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