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Bereavement awareness: dealing with death and dying sensitively and professionally

Posted: February 21st, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

One of the most difficult parts of working in a care environment is helping people to cope with death, whether it is facing their own mortality or suffering the loss of a loved one. It can be hard to know what to say or how to help, as well as how to be both professional and sensitive in your conduct.

There is no universal way to deal with death and bereavement, as every case should be handled individually and using your own experience and knowledge of the people involved.

However, there are care training courses you can take to help you gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding death, loss and bereavement.

A loss and bereavement training course, generally lasting around half a day, can help you to learn about:

• The stages of dying
• The different stages of bereavement
• Dealing with loss
• Planning for death
• Communication
• Culture and ethics

Gaining a greater insight into these issues will not only help you in your role as a carer; it will also have a positive impact on the people you work with and care for every day.

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