Course Title

Fundamental Aspects of Loss, Grief & Bereavement


5 days

Programme Dates


Target Audience

The programme is suitable for all health care professionals, the emergency services, community services, employers and members of the public.

Course Description:

This five day programme is designed to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills of participants in the area of loss, grief and bereavement. This programme was developed using a validated curriculum model by educators and multidisciplinary clinical staff of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice.


To develop the learner’s knowledge, attitudes and skills in the area of loss, grief and bereavement to enable the learner to apply evidence based knowledge in their own work environment and community

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the psychological and social models of loss, grief and bereavement and their application to practice
  • Discuss the dying process and the moment of death
  • Critically examine the loss, grief and bereavement process
  • Critically analyse how meaning can be reached through the rituals surrounding death, dying and bereavement
  • Appreciate the importance of holistic collaborative individualised care of patients and clients experiencing loss

Programme Objectives:

  • To facilitate the learners’ understanding of loss, grief and bereavement across the lifespan.
  • To promote the application of psychological, spiritual and sociological approaches to loss, grief and bereavement in practice.
  • To create an awareness of the impact of culture and spiritual expression on the response to loss, grief and bereavement.
  • To help learner’s develop an appreciation of the importance of self-care.
  •  To enhance the learner’s ability to work collaboratively with   individuals, families, other professionals and organisations.
  • To be aware of the range of responses to loss and how they may be influenced by the nature of the relationship and the circumstances of the death.
  • To develop the learner’s skill in communicating with individuals, their families and with other stakeholders about loss, grief and bereavement.
  • To assist the learner to reflect on the grief and bereavement supports available to individuals, their families and clients in their own work/care setting and in the community.

Please note: the programme content examines what may be a difficult subject for some.  Potential participants who have experienced a close personal loss or bereavement in the  previous 2 years are advised to defer attending this programme.


This programme has category 1 approval & 29 Continuing Education Units from An Bord Altranais agus Cnámhseachais Na hÉireann (NMBI) & is also accredited by the Irish Association of Social Workers.

Programme Fee:

€350, lunch is not provided.

Course Material:

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