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HDFS 332 - Death, Dying, and Grief

  • 3 credits

Developmental processes of death and dying related to the dying individuals and their families and for human service agencies.

Given regular course participation, staying on schedule, and careful and comprehensive reading, this online death and dying course will help students:

  • Become familiar with the developmental and lifespan processes related to death, dying, and grief.
  • Gain a contextual view of issues that may influence individuals' coping with loss and experiences of grief.
  • Relate to the personal and emotional aspects of death, dying, and loss.
  • Recognize a range of loss experiences and know how to support people in their experiences of loss and grief.
  • Understand theories about, and research on, coping with death, dying, and other losses.
  • Accurately apply theories and concepts to grief and coping with loss.
  • Become familiar with medical, legal, financial, and cross-cultural issues related to death and dying.


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology)

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed, or consent must be given from the instructor, prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the Canvas (learning management system) section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Ashley Harvey, PhD, LMFT
Ashley Harvey, PhD, LMFT

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Dr. Ashley Harvey is an associate professor and a senior teaching faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Since 2007, she has taught over 100 courses on campus and online, and more than 15 different courses related to parenting, families, lifespan development, therapeutic techniques, grant writing, and dying and grieving. Dr. Harvey is also a licensed marriage and family therapist.