12D – Loss, Grief, Death and Dying

  1. Grief

    Although there are many different ways of reacting to loss, the grief process usually follows certain patters and moves through various stages.

    Is grief just something that happens when someone dies? What is grief?

    From the authors of “Good Grief”, some frequently asked questions about Grief.

    Things you should know about grieving.

    A video reflection on the stages of grief.

  2. Funerals

    The funeral is the final opportunity for family and friends to publicly express thier love and respect for the person who has died.

    Funeral Rites of Hindus and Bhuddists

    Death is shocking. It stirs up a range of emotions. Even when death is not unexpected, it brings grief, pain and sorrow. The celebration of the passing of a person from life to eternal life can be an important source of comfort and strength for those who mourn.

    The funeral rites offer hope because in them the Church proclaims that death is not the end.

  3. Dying

    Human beings are naturally fearful of death and often find it difficult to talk about what happens when we die.

    An interview with Dr Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. “On Death and Dying”.

    Spirited debate about what happens when we die. Includes the issue of near-death experiences.

  4. What is death?

    For the Christian death opens the way to the possibility of experiencing the fullness of God’s life and love.

    What Catholics believe about life after death.

    The Catholic Catechism

    Heaven is the fullness of communion with God, it is neither an abstraction nor a physical place in the clouds, but a living, personal relationship with the Holy Trininy – John Paul II

    Purgatory is not a place, but a condition of existence where Christ removes the remnants of imperfection – John Paul II

    Hell is the definitive rejection of God, a state for those who freely and definitively spearate themselves from God, the source of all life and joy – Pope John Paul II

    Some early thinking about the Resurrection of  the Body.

    What do we mean about the Resurrection of the Dead?

  5. What to do when someone is dying or has died

    It is important to understand and care for those who grieve and mourn.

    The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

    What to do when someone dies

    web resource for children and teenagers who have experienced the death of someone close to them

  6. Social issues surrounding death

    There are many issues around death.

    The advent of modern technology has meant society needs to grapple with the issue of Euthanasia, sometimes called physician assisted suicide or mercy-killing.

    End of Life Issues and the Death with Dignity Bill – articles from the Nathaniel Centre, New Zealand

    A US site addressing issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

    Not Dead Yet – disabled against euthanasia

  7. Support Resources for Achievement Standards

    If you are looking at the Achievement Standard on this topic these resources may be useful support material.

    Assessment tasks for the relevant Standard often require you to use the information from units 12D and 12A to explain the significance of a key belief within two religious traditions.  These support resources reflect that reality.


    Remember that these are resources that fit the generic title of the standard.  You should read the actual standard and the task that your school has set for you. Talk to you teacher about your proposed response.


    If you are required to describe and provide reasons for the significance of a key belief within two religious traditions the following may help:


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