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The Grief MOOC: Grief and How it Can Kill Us

New Free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on How After a Loss, Grief can Kill

September 15, 2016

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Grief can kill us, but most people who face the unexpected loss of a loved one don't know, understand, are not told about or are not equipped to handle the dangerous side effects of a loved one who dies. Grief is one of humanity's common bonds, but the grieving process is different for each of us, and the Grief MOOC looks at the different factors that will influence each person's grief journey. Worldwide, social media and new technologies are making vast changes to our grieving processes and the free online course will also examine their impact on healing or prolonging grief thru links to over 250 short videos and testimonials by experts, celebrities, organizations, and others.

My Grief Angels, a non-profit online grief support and education organization today launched the first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on grief and the grieving process thru the European MOOCs Multilingual Aggregator Platform (EMMA MOOCs).

Why the new Grief MOOC was developed:

"Every year, about 2.5 million people die nationwide. Every death leaves behind an average of 4 to 5 grieving survivors"

"America's 76 million Baby Boomers are losing 4,900+ of their parents every day"

"A full 3.5 percent of children younger than 18 will lose their mother or father, according to the Social Security Admnistration. As people now become parents when they are older, this number is likely to increase" Cincinnati Enquirer


- 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?

- that after the loss of a loved one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the survivors have a higher risk of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

- that years after the death of a sibling, adults still have a higher risk of having a fatal heart attack?

- that social media can help grieving family and friends, but it can also prolong and deepen their grief? And that by the end of this century, Facebook will have "more dead than living users"?

- that workplace grief cost business billions annually? And that grief could cost you your job?

The focus of the new free Grief MOOC is on "practical" information and knowledge that people grieving can use themselves, and better understand what others grieving at home, at work or in their communities are going thru.  The free online course can never take away the pain that people grieving may be experiencing, or the powerful healing role that experienced grief counselors and mental health professionals can provide, but it will make them better informed and educated on its potential impact to them and their families.

The free online course is organized into 5 lessons, and the 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? Different types of Grief? What's the latest research on the subject?
Health: How can Grief impact ours and our families' health? Our jobs - Workplace Grief?
Grief Attacks:  What are they? 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 technological developments in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and cloning impact our grieving processes?
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?

The course is for anyone grieving, or wanting to understand others grieving around them.


My Grief Angels, Inc - ("MGA") is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit online grief support & education organization for and by people grieving.  MGA's mission is to help people grieving to help themselves by leveraging the power of technology to access the latest grief research, education, resources and community-building tools.