This Course reviews the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the experience of loss and grief. It provides a guide for the practical assistance for people who have experienced loss, and those who support them.
- What is grief?
- Facts and myths;
- Physical and psychological manifestations of grief;
- Two contemporary models of grief;
- When grief becomes complicated
- Professional boundaries for health professionals supporting those who are grieving;
- Strategies for supporting those in your care – and their families – as they grieve;
- Supporting grief brought about by losses that do not involve a death;
- Strategies for looking after yourself.
Health professionals – in both their personal and professional roles – are constantly confronted with loss and grief. In many cases, it can be an especially intense experience, as the grief of those in care – and their families – is also grief experienced by the person caring for them.
As health professionals; we are in a unique position to reduce the impact of this grief on all concerned. However, such support is not without cost, and throughout this experience, health professionals need to understand not just the needs of those experiencing loss, but how they relate to – and cope with – that loss themselves.
The purpose of this Course is to provide registered nurses and other health professionals with an outline of the fundamental principles required to support those that are experiencing grief, regardless of the loss.
- Knowledge of theories underpinning grief and loss will enable you to better understand and support the people in your care experiencing grief after a loss.
- Awareness of the key signs of unhealthy professional grief will help you identify and prevent stress and burnout associated with your role.
- You will be reminded of the simple strategies that can be initiated in the workplace and in your personal life to manage professional grief.
Registered nurses and other health professionals in all areas of professional practice given that the nature of healthcare regularly exposes clinicians to loss and grief.
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