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Grief, Loss, and Dying During COVID-19
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Help those dealing with loss to make sense of the future and develop resilience
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many of our assumptions about how to navigate loss.
For many, the kaleidoscope of conflicting feelings – grief, guilt, anger, anxiety, regret – is heightened. Leaders in organisations are finding it equally hard to know how to help staff.
As the uncertainties of the ‘survival’ phase of the crisis give way to a complex ‘new normal’, rituals and markers of death will continue to be disrupted and lives will be afflicted by chain reactions of loss.
The longer-term impacts of psychological and social stress on many population groups will surface, and therapeutic and self-help responses will need to be modified and expanded.
This course will introduce you to the key skills and principles required to provide effective, safe, and helping responses to anyone dealing with loss during this time.
Please note that this run of the ‘Grief, Loss and Dying During Covid-19’ course is not facilitated, however we encourage you to share your experiences and perspectives with other learners as you work through the content.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explore the changes inflicted on individuals and communities by Covid19 that necessitate adjustments to how we think about and manage people’s losses, and processes surrounding death and dying
- Reflect on the variety of lived experiences of the crisis and appreciate the importance of listening carefully to emotionally charged narratives
- Explore familiar theories and methods of work that respond to loss, grief and death within the new ‘frame’ of a post Covid19 world
- Explore how powerful feelings and disturbing thoughts can be passed around among people, making it hard to think clearly and retain perspective.
- Explore the differential impact of Covid19 on different sub populations, ethnic groups, workforce sectors, countries, and how helping responses need to take account of these variations
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the skills and principle needed to facilitate ordinary ‘barefoot’ helping responses to a range of groups and individuals.
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for health and social care workers, home-based carers, key workers, and the families and friends of those directly or indirectly affected by death and dying during the COVID-19 crisis.
The course is also relevant for managers and leaders in organisations working with individuals and families affected by death and dying during the crisis.
With extensive use of visual and audio material giving access to the voices of people affected by the crisis, and developed by practitioners with long experience in the field of loss and bereavement, the course offers a range of empathic, reflective perspectives, activities and insights that will help restore a sense of balance and resilience.
This course covers emotive and difficult content.
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