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Module 6 – Loss, Grief & Bereavement

MODULE OVERVIEW

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.

KEY MESSAGE

  • 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.

MODULE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define loss, mourning, grief and bereavement.
  2. Distinguish between anticipatory grief, normal grief, complicated grief and disenfranchised grief.
  3. Describe three tasks of grief and list five factors that may significantly affect the grief process.
  4. Provide three interventions that may be appropriate to facilitate normal grief.
  5. Verbalize an understanding of grief and loss issues as they relate to complex or traumatic circumstances.
  6. Define personal death awareness and cumulative loss associated with professional care-giving.
  7. Identify four systems of support the healthcare provider can access to assist in coping with death anxiety and loss.

Intro Notes

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Lesson Plan

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Test

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Teaching Mtls

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Presentation

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