Loss and Grief

2h of CPD
Darren Wake
23 May 2016

This Course reviews the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the experience of loss and grief and provides a guide for the practical assistance for people who have experienced loss, and those who support them.


Identify the common signs and symptoms of grief


Critically describe two contemporary models of grief


Describe the strategies for supporting those that are experiencing grief


Identify the specific needs of certain groups of grieving persons


Explain the risks posed to those providing support to people that are grieving, and describe strategies to promote professional coping


Darren Wake

Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system.


Tracy Kiddle17 Aug 2018
This has given me an insight into my own grief as well as helping others. A great educational tool. Thankyou..

Soso Polau05 Jul 2018
Great and very informative.

Helen Morris21 Jun 2018
This very a very informative topic and is an area that is so pertinent to nursing.

joy croucher03 Jun 2018
Very informative. CHEERS

Elizabeth Uhlmann31 May 2018
Lots of content but very useful.

Tennille Mcconkey31 May 2018

Hellene Heron30 May 2018
maybe to students to gain a broad understanding

Maria-Lisa Andonela Cravo30 May 2018
Very good topic.

Lynne Berridge29 May 2018

Nicol Kelly29 May 2018
Very informative

Amelia Hugo28 May 2018
Very informative and easy to listen to

lizhen lin26 May 2018
Very informative

Gillian Carne23 May 2018
Refreshing especially acknowledging the grief nurses experience and encounter quite frequently

Michelle Lipman19 May 2018
Very good presentation.

Tanya Robbins19 May 2018
Fantastic info

Reena Raju09 May 2018
Good session

Linda Seccull08 May 2018
Wonderful educator sharing personal life experience and a very engaging well put together resource.

Samantha Garritt06 May 2018
great subject. very useful

Gemma Dale05 May 2018
This course was very well presented and very informative on the topic of loss and grief. I especially liked that it presented lots of practical strategies to assist those going through or affected by loss and/or grief

Gurnam Singh Saini02 May 2018
very informative

Amandeep Kaur02 May 2018
good learning

anna chakaipa22 Apr 2018
very informative

Christine Hulands12 Apr 2018
A very worthwhile course that has been interesting and informative. Highly recommend for colleagues to view.

Kristina June Pereira09 Apr 2018
great site to learn

Cristobal Ace Campillo06 Apr 2018
It is difficult sometimes to handle grieving patients but thanks to this online course; it gives us the information to provide better patient care.

alisdair alisdair06 Apr 2018
very good

Trisha Eisenhuth16 Mar 2018
Good resource.

Alison Lodge01 Mar 2018
Very important VLA Inciteful and well presented

Hemaltha piyaratna16 Jan 2018
I thoroughly recommend this VLA to any health professionals.

Patricia Howes06 Jan 2018
It was an excellent presentation.

Norest Mashonganyika24 Dec 2017
well presented

Catherine Ryan19 Dec 2017
This is a very thorough and meaningful lecture on Loss and Grief. The educator was excellent and very informative.

Patricia Arancibia20 Nov 2017
Excellent resource that reminds nurses to look after themselves so they can continue to look after others well

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • What is grief?
  • Facts and myths
  • Physical and psychological manifestations of grief
  • Two contemporary models of grief
  • When grief becomes complicated
  • Ground rules 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

Target audience

All health professionals in all areas of professional practice.


Explore the nature of grief and how it manifests, and provide health professionals with an outline of the fundamental principles required to support those that are experiencing grief, regardless of the loss.


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 a grief experienced by the person caring for them. It is important that – whatever the cause of the loss – it is understood that grief is very real to the individual and, 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.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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