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Feelings of loss do not only occur in obvious cases of bereavement. Many people experience loss in other situations as well – such as divorce, job loss and even moving home from an international assignment. Understanding and Coping with Loss is a short session that explains how people can move through predictable phases towards acceptance and healing, and the steps that we need to keep in mind in order to help ourselves and others.

Contents

  • Types of loss
  • Typical responses to loss, shock, distress and trauma
  • The grieving cycle
  • Psychological and behavioural reactions to loss
  • Denial, uncertainty and hope
  • Recognising the signs in ourselves and others
  • When and how to intervene, when not to
  • What support to offer
  • The healing process
  • Relating to relatives
  • Supporting others such as colleagues
  • Constructive questions to ask
  • Listening and acknowledgement
  • Empathy versus sympathy
  • Handling our own distress
  • Offers of practical help
  • A practical guide to feeling better.

 Objectives

This course is designed to enable attendees to:

Raise awareness of the psychological and behavioural responses to bereavement and to consider the impact on self and others

Understand the affects of grief and respond with compassion

Provide a framework for empathic and effective conversations

Increase confidence when tackling sensitive issues or difficult topics

To offer guidelines for self care and support for others.

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