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End of life caregiver (BREV 1125)



Course Name


End of Life Caregiver


Course Description


This course is designed to give individuals who have been or will be called upon to provide care, support and advocacy for someone who is facing the end of their life an opportunity to reflect on the skills they will need as a formal or informal caregiver. Students develop an understanding of how the continuity of care and advocacy they provide complements the end of life care provided by the medical community and hospice palliative care workers and volunteers. They will gain a deeper understanding of the questions and issues that arise at the end of life; this course provides opportunities to discuss issues, ask questions, navigate community resources that can support caregivers through the end of life journey, and provides students with an opportunity to begin to build their own community with fellow caregivers.



Subject Code


BREV 1125



Learning Objectives


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • understand caregiving and the significance of the role of formal and informal caregiving in the community;
  • demonstrate understanding of the state of caregiving in Canada;
  • demonstrate understanding of the complexity of grief and the grieving process;
  • understand the variety of coping mechanisms the bereaved and caregivers may employ;
  • describe and demonstrate compassionate care;
  • understand the importance and practice of effective self-compassion for caregivers and self; and
  • understand the importance of and resources available for formal and informal caregivers.












No formal academic prerequisites, but completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is assumed. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this expectation.



Course Content


Topics covered include:

  • the state of caregiving in Canada;
  • the complexity of grief and the grieving process;
  • compassionate care and communication;
  • compassion fatigue and coping mechanisms;
  • self-compassion; and
  • finding community resources.



Learning Resources



There are no additional learning resources required.


Instruction Method


This course is offered in hybrid format (partially online and partially in person). Dates for the in-person sessions are posted below.


Due to the nature of an online delivery, the student will be expected be proficient in computer skills including email, adding attachments, navigating the internet etc. Resources for getting started with Blackboard are available online to help get the student comfortable in the Blackboard environment.





Participation in three classroom-based sessions

Personal self-compassion journal





This course is graded on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.



Completion Timeframe


2 months (32 hours) from course start date



Registration and course start


Registration is easy: simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


This course is offered in a hybrid format, which means that students will complete part of the course online and part in person. Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your course start date.


2019 Dates to be posted as offerings become available.

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