This module addresses the challenging aspects of grief, loss and bereavement of patients and families as well as the loss experiences of health care professionals.
- Even with the provision of excellent palliative care, the loss of one’s own life, or that of a loved one, creates intense grief.
- Palliative care can facilitate adaptation to loss and greatly relieve distress and suffering.
- Healthcare providers also require support for their own grief in caring for the terminally ill.
Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:
- Define loss, mourning, grief and bereavement.
- Distinguish between anticipatory grief, normal grief, complicated grief and disenfranchised grief.
- Describe three tasks of grief and list five factors that may significantly affect the grief process.
- Provide three interventions that may be appropriate to facilitate normal grief.
- Verbalize an understanding of grief and loss issues as they relate to complex or traumatic circumstances.
- Define personal death awareness and cumulative loss associated with professional care-giving.
- Identify four systems of support the healthcare provider can access to assist in coping with death anxiety and loss.