Fundamental aspects of loss, grief and bereavement

Course Title: Fundamental Aspects of Loss, Grief & Bereavement

Course Duration:

5 days

Programme Dates 2019:

8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th Nov & 6th Dec

Programme Dates 2020:

6th, 13th, 20th & 27th March & 3rd April

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.

Target Audience:

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

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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Application Procedure:

Return the completed registration form with fee by post to Michelle Cullen, Education Administrator to reserve a place on this programme. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. An administration fee of €25 will apply to any cancellations.

Registration Form

Course Brochure

For further information please contact:

Michelle Cullen | Education Administrator | Tel: 021 4501201 ext: 267 | Email: