Loss and Grief
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.
IdentifyIdentify the common signs and symptoms of grief
CriticallyCritically describe two contemporary models of grief
DescribeDescribe the strategies for supporting those that are experiencing grief
IdentifyIdentify the specific needs of certain groups of grieving persons
ExplainExplain the risks posed to those providing support to people that are grieving, and describe strategies to promote professional coping
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.
- 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
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.