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Understanding Grief and Loss

This unit will explore relevant literature and current research that references grief and loss to consolidate theological understanding and emphasises pastoral and professional counselling applications. 

Offered: Refer to Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 2

Discipline: DZ Professional Counselling



Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and demonstrate an understanding of grief and loss that engages spiritual, theological and psychological perspectives;
  2. Offer detailed exegesis analysis of particular Bible passage on an aspect of grief and loss (e.g. death, suicide, abortion, suffering, workplace issues);
  3. Develop a theologically informed professional counselling approach for care and support of people experiencing loss and grief;
  4. Articulate and theologically evaluate the major themes and insights of current research that lead to health-promoting Christian professional counselling.


Multi-media project (400 words) 20%
Book Review (400 words) 20%
Essay (1000 words) 40%
Report (400 words) 20%

Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Groves, A., Smith, W. (2019). Untangling Emotions. Wheaton, IL, Crossway. 

Nicholls, A., Powlison, D., Thorne, H. (2018). Real change: Becoming more like Jesus in Everyday Life. Greensboro, NC, New Growth Press. 

Pierre, J. (2018). The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life. Greensboro, NC, New Growth Press. 

Powlison, D. (2008). Facing death with Hope: Living for what Lasts. Greensboro, NC, New Growth Press. 

Powlison, D. (2010). Grieving a Suicide: Help for the Aftershock. Greensboro, NC, New Growth Press. 

Powlison, D. (2003). Why Me: Comfort for the Victimised. Greensboro, NC, New Growth Press. 

Tripp, P.D. (2000). Suffering: Eternity Makes a Difference. Greensboro, NC, New Growth Press. 

Welch, E. (2000). Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness. Greensboro, NC, New Growth Press. 

Welch, E. (2012). Hope for the Depressed: Beyond a Cheer-Up Theology. Greensboro, NC, New Growth Press. 

Worden, J.W. (2018). Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner. Springer Publishing Company.