Dying and death are inevitable - but how well prepared are we to support those around us who are at the end of their life? What might constitute a healthy end of life or dying well? This topic provides students opportunities to explore and develop an understanding of death and dying as a normal part of life. Exploration and understanding will be framed in the context of healthy ageing and includes patterns and causes of end of life, the taboo of death, spiritual, emotional and physical dimensions to dying, resilience and wellbeing for older people and finally, current societal and health responses to end-of-life opportunities, issues and problems. At the end of this topic, the student will be in the position to make an informed judgement to the question: Is "dying well" contradictory?
This topic aims to: