A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course, and these are usually offered free by the world's elite universities thru different online platforms. My Grief Angels' Grief MOOC is offered thru the European MOOCs platform (EMMA); which is unique in encouraging and providing Multilingual MOOCs. The Grief MOOC is free, and self-paced so you can take on your own time; take the sections you are interested in, and come back to the others at a later time. Nothing to loose in learning more about grief and the grieving process, and all to gain.
Grief is a subject most of us do not want to talk or think about until we are forced to, and we will all be forced to.
Whether you are Michael Jordan, or the parent of a recent terrorist victim, or Celine Dion, or the sibling of a refugee lost at sea, or Keanu Reeves, or the spouse of a suicide victim, or World Boxing Champion Oscar de La Hoya, or the friend of someone who overdosed, or Vin Diesel, or the child of someone who lost their battle with cancer, or Prince Harry, or the grandchild of someone lost to dementia/ALZ, or Liam Neeson, or the aunt of a teen killed in a car accident, or Whoopi Goldberg, or the parents of a stillborn baby, or CNN News AnchorAnderson Cooper, or someone grieving the loss of their lifelong companion pet - we are all in grief together.
Grief can kill us, but most of us and our families don't know it.
According to a recent online survey of people who had experienced a loss:
Over 80% of us felt completely unprepared to deal with the grief/grieving process and
the majority believed we should be providing greater education on the subject in our schools and universities.
The focus of this course is on "practical" knowledge that you can use if you are grieving, or if you know others that are grieving alone at home, in your community, in your school or at work. This is a course on grief, the grieving process, and how grief can impact our lives, our health, our families, our jobs, and our communities.
When one is grieving, any task can be a challenge; including an online course on the subject. However, in this self-paced course, you can take the sections of the course you are interested in learning about anytime/anywhere and come back to the others at a later date. Like in our grieving processes, there is no right or wrong way to approach this course.
In the era of Twitter, Google Search, You Tube, Facebook, Linkedin, Mobile Apps, SnapChat, Instagrams, Apple's Siri - Intelligent Personal Assistant, Online Forums and thousands of other new online tools/platforms - Our grieving processes are undergoing major changes. This course will examine their real-life impact on healing or deepening of our grief through examples & case studies from these media channels and optional links toover 250 short videos by individuals, celebrities, organizations, and others.
Did you know the loss of our loved one can double our risk of a heart attack or stroke within the first month, and the highest risk being within the first 24 hours?
Did you know that after the loss of a loved one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) , the survivors have a higher risk of developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Did you know that years after the death of a sibling, adults still have a higher risk of having a fatal heart attack?
Did you know that social media can help grieving family and friends, but it can also prolong and deepen grief for many? Did you know that by the end of this century, Facebook will have more dead than living "users"?
Did you know that workplace grief cost business billions annually? And that grief could cost you your job?
While grief can have a destructive physical and mental impact on many, the last section of the course will also examine the Good from Grief: The massive positive societal impact people grieving are making around the world.
This course's objective is to make more of us and our communities grief-aware, informed and better equipped for each of our own grief journeys now or in the future. If you know others grieving that might find this course helpful, please forward the course link to them.
Whether you enroll now or in the future in this free Grief MOOC, please consider helping us in our on-going research with your answers to the linked short online survey on grief and the grieving process.
Is this course for me?
If you have never wanted to learn or talk about grief; if you are now grieving; if you have grieved or if you have people around you grieving - this course is for you. The course is presented in 5 easy to read lessons with direct links to over 250 optional short videos that provide individual examples/testimonials, greater explanation or additional research on the subjects being addressed.
Are there any pre-requisites?
There are no pre-requisities for this course.
How much time do I have to complete course and how much time will I need to devote to the course weekly?
This is a self-paced course available to you at anytime and which you do at your own pace. As a self-paced course, you decide how much to devote to it weekly, but in general, it should not exceed 2- 4 hours weekly for 5 weeks. You are not required to watch all the videos suggested in their entirety - watch what applies directly to your interests and situation. Videos are only provided as additional visual support/testimonials resources to the subjects covered in this course.
This MOOC is organized into 5 lessons
Lessons are designed as self-study learning resources and can be taken selectively according to individual interests and purposes:
What is Grief & the Grieving Process? What's the latest research on the subject?
Health: How can Grief impact our and our families' health? Our jobs - Workplace Grief?
Grief Attacks: What are they? Role Models: How have others coped with them? What should we say or not say to people grieving?
Online Grief: How has technology, and social media impacted our grieving? How will future technologies impact us?
Good from Grief: How can any good come from grief? What are some of the positive societal impact people grieving are making around the world?
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