Course Profile

Course Profile: Bereavement & Loss (1-3 Days)
The experience of bereavement and loss takes many forms and relates to different life experiences as well as death. No matter what the source of the grief, the experience has a tendency to run a familiar path. Research suggests that healthy grieving is when this path is sequentially followed and completed and that when this does not occur, ongoing distress and dysfunction follow. This course provides the awareness of the different losses involved and how service users can be supported through the process; when to refer on and how to pre-empt more critical situations.
The course is informed by Elizabeth Kubler Ross, a variety of psychological, religious/faith, cultural and clinical influences and NICE guidelines.
The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB1.2
The Care Certificate: Standards 1.1d, 1.3, 1.4a, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7, 6, 7
QCF: HSC 026; SHC 021; HSC2012; HSC3035
The course is designed for front line workers or for other workers who may encounter the issue at work; however this course would not be suitable for those who have a recent experience of significant loss or those who have unresolved bereavement.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by ‘bereavement and loss’ and the different losses that people commonly experience
  • Traditionally expressed grief in the UK and changes that have occurred; incl. cultural variation
  • The impact of bereavement and loss on the individual
  • The stages of grieving-different models and healthy grieving
  • What unhealthy grieving can lead to for the individual
  • What is the difference between grieving and clinical depression
  • What is meant by a ‘living bereavement’
  • How to help bereaved people through the process
  • How far is it appropriate for support workers to work with bereavement issues
  • When, to whom and how to make a referral for external support
  • What typically happens when there is a service user death and unpredicted death
  • Appropriate support for staff teams; the role of team work and Supervision
  • How to support a colleague who has experienced significant loss
  • What are the limitations for supporting bereaved staff at work
  • Resources and help available
Training methods utilised will be appropriate for the sensitive nature of the subject and trainers will ensure that there is a ‘safe’ learning environment. Learning methods include:  Presentations, Role-play, Trust exercises, Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts