Whose Grief is it Anyway?

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This event is being delivered in collaboration with Sobell House Hospice, widening our Dorothy House Education offer and increasing our access to external specialists.

The session will consider the concept of professional grief, and how appropriate is it for us to grieve for patients to whom we offer care?

We will consider the impact of death and dying on our caregiving, the need for self-care and resilience, and how we identify the impact of our work. We will then consider how to develop our own individual ‘first aid’ activities and will continue to broaden our thinking about how we help our teammates.

Who should attend?
  • Nurses working in both acute and primary care settings
  • Junior doctors
  • AHPs
  • Paramedics
  • Care home staff
  • Pharmacists
Course content

By the end of the session delegates will:

  • Be able to identify and discuss the topic of grief as it applies to the practice of healthcare professionals
  • Have the ability to discuss the different theoretical perspectives of grief and grieving
  • Have considered the use of language surrounding the topic of grief, and reflect upon individual practice
  • Have developed strategies for self care and care of colleagues
  • Be able to discuss and utilise identified self-care resources in everyday work
Course details

Example Programme:

08.30-09.00 Registration and Opening activity
09.00-09.30 Welcome and introductions
09.30-10.15 Where does grief come from?
10.15-10.35 Theories of grief
10.35-11.00 Ripples of grief
11.00-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.15 Workplace consideration – Expectations around professional grief
12.15-13.00 Language and communication
13.00-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.15 Tips & hints, How do we resource ourselves and others?
14.15-14.20 Tea
14.20-15.00 More self care techniques
15.00-15.30 Evaluation