• Level 2
  • 3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Bereavement and Loss Training

This bereavement and loss training course helps Care staff to understand how to effectively respond to the needs of a dying person.

Bereavement and loss Training Course Summary

This bereavement and loss training course is aimed at all care staff and aims to help them understand how to effectively respond to the needs of a dying person.

Working with dying people and managing and coping with loss will be difficult for relatives, making this a key skill for carers.

The course will help prepare staff to work in a supportive and sensitive way resulting in a better quality of care being given. 

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Course Summary

  • Discuss Bereavement and Loss and what these terms mean
  • Discuss the Grieving Process
  • Review the links to Theory and Experiences
  • Review how Bereavement affects different people
  • Consider how to use and signpost to resources to support people who are bereaved

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    Where Do You Deliver The Bereavement and Loss Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. We also have our own venues in the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room. Similarly, we are also able to deliver this training virtually using Zoom.

    Who Is This Bereavement and Loss For?

    This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 12 delegates. For larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors, these are either Nurses or Doctors with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Bereavement and Loss Training

Loss and bereavement training (also called grief and loss training) is a specialised program that teaches participants how to support those who are experiencing grief and loss, particularly following the death of a loved one.

Bereavement and loss training is beneficial for a variety of professionals, including: Healthcare professionals (nurses, physicians, social workers, counselors, etc.).

Learning about bereavement and loss can be helpful for people who’ve recently lost someone they love. This training can teach them about feeling sad and how it affects them, as well as ways to deal with their feelings and find ways to feel better.

If you are interested in the e-learning bereavement and loss course, please click the link.


Course Overview

This course on bereavement and loss (also called grief and loss) is aimed to teach you how to help people who are feeling really grieved after someone they love has died.

You’ll learn how to support them with care and kindness as they go through feeling grief, helping them with their feelings, their body, and their thoughts about life.

Course Outline: Bereavement and Loss Training

Module 1: Understanding Bereavement and Loss

  • Exploring different meanings of bereavement and loss.
  • Finding different types of loss like losing a job or ending a relationship.
  • Talking about how everyone feels bereavement and loss differently.

Module 2: Learning About Bereavement Stages

  • Looking at how bereavement works and how people show it (like feeling sad, angry, or guilty).
  • Thinking about different ideas about grief (like the Kübler-Ross Model) and what might be wrong with them.
  • Seeing how different kinds of loss can make people grief (like when someone dies suddenly or when it’s expected).

Module-3: Connecting Ideas to Real Life

  • Thinking about sadness ideas by looking at stories and real life.
  • Seeing how different cultures and religions look at sadness and what they do when someone dies.
  • Maybe asking people to talk who have lost someone important or help others who are sad.

Module 4: How Bereavement and Loss Affects

  • Looking at how grief can affect how we think, feel, act, and believe.
  • Knowing about things that can make being sad harder (like if it lasts a long time).
  • Seeing what things can change how we feel sad (like our personality or how we cope).

Module 5: Helping People Who Are Bereaved: Finding Help

  • Learning how to talk well with people who are bereaved.
  • Finding out ways to help (like listening well, caring, and understanding).
  • Finding and checking good places to get help with issues of loss and bereavement:
    • Talking groups
    • Professional talk services
    • Online places and phone lines
    • Learning how to show people who are sad where to get help.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe Bereavement and Loss and what these terms mean
  2. Describe the Grieving Process
  3. Analyse the links to Theory and Experiences
  4. Identify how Bereavement affects different people
  5. State how to use and signpost to resources to support people who are bereaved

Who Should Take This Course?

This bereavement and loss course is designed for anyone who works with or supports the bereaved, including:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Hospice and palliative care workers
  • Funeral home and cemetery staff
  • Faith leaders and chaplains
  • Grief support group volunteers
  • Educators

Benefits of Taking a Bereavement and Grief Awareness Course

A course on Bereavement and Grief Awareness gives you important skills and knowledge to deal with sadness and help others when things are tough.

Whether you’re a professional caregiver, a caring friend, or just want to grow as a person, this course has lots of good things to offer:

For Professionals:

  • Better Help: Learn to talk and listen better to support people and families who are sad.
  • More Understanding: Understand sadness better, so you can care more and be kinder.
  • Improved Work: Get tools to connect better with people bereaved in jobs like healthcare, social work, or teaching.
  • Confident Support: Learn good ways to help practically and emotionally, which can make people feel better.
  • Less Stress: Learn to take care of yourself while you help others, so you don’t feel too overwhelmed.

For Personal Growth:

  • Dealing with Your Own Sadness: Get helpful info about grief, so you can handle your own hard times better.
  • Supporting Friends and Family: Learn how to help the people you care about when they’re feeling down.
  • Better Relationships: Learn to talk openly and kindly when things are hard, so you feel closer to the people you love.
  • Understanding Feelings: Get better at managing your own emotions and noticing how others feel too.
  • Learning and Growing: Understand more about life, death, and how strong people can be.

Overall Benefits:

  • More Confidence: Learn how to talk about grief and help people, so you feel more sure of yourself.
  • Better Talking: Learn good ways to talk to people when they’re grieved, so things go well.
  • Feeling Strong: Get tools to be a big help to people who are bereaved, which can make you feel really good.
  • Reduced Stigma: Help people talk about sadness more openly, which makes things better for everyone.

When you take a Bereavement and Grief Awareness Course, you’re investing in yourself and helping others too. You’ll have the knowledge and confidence to give comfort and support to yourself and those around you when times are tough.

Bereavement and Loss FAQs

Q: How do you teach grief and loss?

A: Teaching grief and loss involves a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. This can be done through formal education, workshops, or training programs. Topics may include understanding the grieving process, communication skills, and practical techniques for supporting individuals experiencing grief. Role-playing and case studies may also be part of the teaching process.

Q: What are 3 things a person can do to help relieve the feelings of grief?


  1. Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or a grief support group. Sharing feelings with others who understand can provide comfort.
  2. Express Emotions: Allow yourself to feel and express emotions, whether through talking, writing, or engaging in creative activities. This can help in processing grief.
  3. Self-Care: Take care of your physical and mental well-being. Ensure you get enough rest, eat healthily, and engage in activities that bring you comfort and peace. Seeking professional counselling support is also a valuable option.

Q: What exercises are good for grief?

A: Engaging in exercises can be beneficial for coping with grief. Simple activities like walking, jogging, or yoga can help release stress and promote a sense of well-being. Journaling is another effective exercise, allowing individuals to express their emotions. Breathing exercises and mindfulness practices can also provide a calming effect during times of grief.

Q: What is the empty chair technique for grief?

A: The empty chair technique is a therapeutic exercise used in grief counselling. It involves having an individual imagine that the person they have lost is sitting in an empty chair in front of them. This technique allows for an expressive and often cathartic dialogue, providing an opportunity to communicate feelings, memories, and unresolved emotions with the symbolic presence of the loved one. It’s a way to process and express emotions in a therapeutic setting.

Q: How do you explain grief and loss to a child?

A: Explaining grief and loss to a child requires using simple and age-appropriate language. Begin by acknowledging the child’s feelings and creating a safe space for them to express their emotions. Use concrete examples, such as comparing emotions to different colours or explaining that grief is like a rollercoaster with ups and downs. Encourage questions and provide reassurance, emphasising that it’s okay to feel sad or confused.

Q: What is the teaching of the grieving process?

A: Teaching the grieving process involves helping individuals understand the stages of grief and how it varies for each person. Commonly, the grieving process includes stages such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Emphasise that these stages are not linear, and people may move back and forth between them. Encouraging open communication, expressing emotions, and seeking support are integral parts of teaching the grieving process.

Q: How to Become a bereavement midwife?

To become a bereavement midwife, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Get a midwifery degree: Complete a 3-4 year degree in midwifery that’s approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  2. Register with the NMC: After you finish your degree, you’ll need to register with the NMC to work as a midwife legally in the UK.
  3. Gain experience: Work as a midwife in hospitals, birth centers, or communities for a few years to build up your skills in supporting women through pregnancy, birth, and after the baby is born.
  4. Get extra training: Take courses or workshops in bereavement support, grief counseling, and helping families who have lost a baby. Many hospitals and groups offer these kinds of training.
  5. Think about more education: Some bereavement midwives choose to get a postgraduate degree or diploma in counseling, psychology, or health education, although it’s not always necessary.
  6. Apply for jobs: Look for openings for bereavement midwives in hospitals, hospices, or organizations that help families who have lost a baby.
  7. Learn special skills: As a bereavement midwife, you’ll need to be really good at talking with families, supporting them emotionally, and helping them with practical things like planning funerals.
  8. Keep learning: Go to training sessions, workshops, and conferences regularly to keep up with the newest ideas and research in helping families who have lost a baby.

Becoming a bereavement midwife means getting the right midwifery training, getting experience, learning how to help families who are sad, and being dedicated to giving them caring support during a really hard time.


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