Death and Dying

This course explores the many facets of death and dying from a Jewish and pastoral perspective.  We will look at the rituals that take place before and directly after death, including vidui, living wills, ethical wills, DNR’s, and briefly look at funerals, shiva and unveilings. The course explores the diverse beliefs Jews hold, or have held, concerning the the soul and its experience of the afterlife along with contemporary issues such as organ donation,  extending life versus prolonging death, death-related ethical issues and current practices and trends in the care and treatment of the terminally ill. A primary goal of this course is understanding how to use the course material in support of the families and loved ones of the dying person.

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Rabbinic Pastor
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RP: ALEPH Required
Elective
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