Take this class: PSYC 390 – Psychology of Death and Dying


Emily Rabasto

Professor Nancy Miller explains an exercise where she asks students to arrange cards with words on them in order of most important to least important to them in her class Psychology 390 or Psychology of Death and Dying, on Tuesday, April 29, 2013.

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The moment a life has come to an end is often difficult for people to come to terms with.  Family members and friends can be left mourning for their relatives’ deaths with immense distress and a sense of confusion. PSYC 390 offers ARC students the opportunity to discuss the matter openly and prepare themselves for not just their own death, but for those closest to them.

Located in room 111 in Davies Hall, the class is taught by Professor Nancy Miller once a week on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. According to ARC’s main website, the course investigates beliefs and anxieties associated with dying and death.

Psychology is a broad subject and a variety of related courses are offered at the college. Finding a suitable topic for the major may seem challenging, but student Liz Sierra believes PSYC 390 is better than most.

“It is only once a week, which I like,” said Sierra. “It is also very interesting and informative. Death is something that will eventually happen to everyone, so this class makes it easier for people to talk about it.”

Through topic discussion and activities, the students are always involved. Course takers will have the advantage of analyzing real-life situations closely associated to death, or with death itself, and the open environment lets students discuss their opinions openly.

Events that can cause a person to think about suicide are widely debated, as well as the treatment of life-threatening illnesses, bereavement, and euthanasia.

Professor Nancy Miller retired at the end of last year but decided to come out of retirement because of her passion for the job.

PSYC 390 delivers knowledge and understanding about life’s only certainty. By taking this course, students initially entering the class with doubts can leave with great awareness.


Destiny Moffett, 19, Funeral Services Major
Destiny Moffett, 19, Funeral Services Major

Destiny Moffett, Funeral Services

“Very eye-opening class. More people should think about death.”

Instructor of Psychology of Death and Dying, Professor Nancy Miller.
Instructor of Psychology of Death and Dying, Professor Nancy Miller.
Professor Nancy Miller
“I missed teaching this class too much. We hold intense topics and look at real-life and also legal matters.”