Loss & Bereavement


Course Number



3 Years


1/2 Day



Passing on, even unexpectedly, is part of the natural order of things, yet most of us still have difficulty approaching those who have suffered loss. Care staff form close bonds and need to understand their own feelings. This course offers guidance on coping with loss and the process of grieving. It will benefit staff who may have contact with the bereaved, or need to cope with the loss of a person for whom they have cared.

Suitable for:

Care, Education and Commercial

Care, Education and Commercial

This course can be delivered for both child and adult settings and can be tailored to support staff who work within learning disability or mental health services. The course considers sudden unexpected loss alongside expected death and non-death loss associated with character change.


  • Introduction and course overview

Course Programme

  • Loss and bereavement defined
  • Types of loss and bereavement
  • Who is affected?
  • Circumstances of death
  • What is grief?
  • Raphaels grief cycle
  • Emotions and what’s happening inside
  • Coping rituals
  • How to help
  • Who can help you?
  • Chronic grief — warning signs and actions
  • Planning for loss
  • Summary and reflection
  • Course evaluation