Mental Health Training

Bereavement and Loss Workshop (1 day)

The tree rises from the dark. It circles around the “heart of darkness from where it reaches towards the light. The tree is a perfect presence. It is somehow able to engage and integrate its own dissolution. The tree is wise in knowing how to foster its own loss.  (John O’Donohue, “Eternal Echoes” 1998:211)

We will all experience bereavement in our lifetimes and we will all experience loss and grief. There is misconception about the term “bereavement” which we can interpret as being as a result of a death of a person. In essence, as well as the most devastating form of lossTherapy, training, loss, bereavement, mental health, wellbeing, therapist being the death of a close relationship, we can grieve the loss of a childhood, the loss of trust, the loss of a friendship, the loss of status, the loss of our innocence; the list goes on.

In this one day course participants will gain a greater understanding of the process of loss, grief and bereavement and be able to normalise the process in their own lives and that of their service users. It will provide a broad basis of the various grief models, develop a compassionate approach to working with loss and provide an understanding of the normalising of grief as an ongoing concern.

Target Audience

Any practitioner who wishes to deepen their understanding of the issues surrounding loss and bereavement

The aim of the course

The aim of this one day course is to “normalise” grief and the process of bereavement, to introduce the various helpful grief models and to teach participants how to acknowledge and work with grief.


  • To understand the cycle of grief
  • To explore defences against grief and grieving
  • How to hold grief and give others permission to grieve
  • How to provide support to those caught in the grieving process
  • To treat grief and grieving with dignity

Course Outline

Theoretical framework for loss

Models of grief

Strategies and Skills for Working with Grief

Defences against grief

Acceptance of Grief – normalising

How to “be” with grief

The importance of self-care and acknowledgement



£120 per delegate

How to book on our courses

Please contact our office on 07833 470979 or email for a booking form.

Training Calendar

Dates to be scheduled in the 2018 Training Calendar

In-house courses

If you’d like to discuss our in-house training options please contact us.


A 5% discount is available to students, volunteers, third sector organisations, and bookings of more than one place (or course). Proof of concessionwill be required at point of booking.

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