Loss, Grief and Bereavement
The content of this module is such that students will be able to be more confident and competent in working with people who are experiencing a loss or have been bereaved. The support of those experiencing loss and bereavement is a fundamental principle in palliative and end of life care. Students will be encouraged to routinely reflect on the work undertaken throughout the module and to apply this to practice to enhance compassion and competence when working with bereaved clients, or people who are experiencing a loss.
Who the module is aimed at
This module is relevant to health or social care professionals working within a generalist or specialist area of supportive or palliative care.
Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient
The support of those experiencing loss and bereavement is a fundamental principle in palliative and end of life care and students will be encouraged to reflect on the work undertaken throughout the module and to apply this to practice to enhance compassion and competence, when working with bereaved clients, or people who are experiencing a loss. The content of the module is such that students will be able to be more confident and competent in working with people who are experiencing a loss or have been bereaved.
What you learn
The overall aim of the module is to aid your professional development in loss, grief and bereavement and update your understanding of knowledge and theories relating to this specialised area. The emphasis is on facilitating you to gain knowledge and experience to enhance your clinical practice in loss, grief and bereavement.
General areas covered
- Support for professional carers
- Theories of attachment and loss
- Societal and multi-cultural responses to loss and bereavement
- Grief reactions - anticipatory, normal, complicated
- Assessing and facilitating grief
Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills
Reflective and critical skills enhanced during the module can be transferred to clinical practice.
Unique or interesting features
Via the online learning environment of Blackboard, you will be supplied with a wide range of online resources and material covering the content of the module. This will include PowerPoint presentations, links to websites and articles and video clips of patients and carers who have experienced a loss or bereavement. It is an interactive module enabling students to engage with the tutors and other students, sharing ideas and learning from each other e.g. by the completion of formative tasks (e-tivities). The module leader will be available via discussion boards, email or telephone contact to respond to your queries and offer support.
To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with
- a reliable internet connection
- Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
- Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
- Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer
Fees and Funding for 2022/23
|Indicative price for stand-alone module||
Home student: £710
EU / International students: £710 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.
|How to apply||
To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:
To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below
Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form
- Relevant professional qualification
- Relevant work experience
- Reliable internet access
- If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill area
The above must be evidenced in your application form
This module is delivered via distance learning
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This module is planned to commence during September 2022.
This module is delivered via distance learning. Attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.
Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:
- Written Report
Successful completion of this module will earn you 15 level 7 credits
For further information please contact the module leader Heather Drury-Smith - email@example.com or contact the student experience team: