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Grief, Loss, and Dying During COVID-19

Explore how we’re experiencing death during COVID-19 and learn how to help bereaved individuals to process their experiences.

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Grief, Loss, and Dying During COVID-19
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours

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.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

Introduction to the course

Approaches to working with death and dying

Minority ethnic communities and the pandemic

Working during the pandemic - a hospital social worker speaks

Week 2

The experiences of health and care staff during the pandemic

Impossible choices - moral injury and the pandemic

Inside the care homes and the Intensive care units

Different cultures of care - medicine and the long term care of the dying

Week 3

How families experienced the pandemic

How people adjusted and coped

The importance of rituals

Week 4

What helped people cope - refuges, wobble rooms and reflection

How to offer a safe reflective space for people in distress or overwhelmed by death and dying

Beyond the crisis - will Covid change our attitudes to death and dying?

When would you like to start?

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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.

Who will you learn with?

Hello I'm Andrew Cooper one of the people who designed this course. I'm a Professor of social work and a psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre in London, England.

I qualified as a social worker in 1987 and completed my professional doctorate in social work and emotional wellbeing at the Tavistock in 2019 . My research focused on end of life care in care homes.

I work at the Tavistock & Portman NHS FT as a Clinical Psychologist for the Team Around the Practice (TAP) and Curriculum Developer in the trust's Directorate of Education & Training.

I am Videographer working for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. I help create video content for our students.

Who developed the course?

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

For 100 years, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has been at the forefront of bringing new approaches to treating those who are in mental distress.

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