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Grief and Bereavement new

Understanding loss and the best ways to help

This sensitive course gives you greater insight into our natural grieving process, what can go wrong, the myths about grief, and how you can support those going through it

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Grief and Bereavement – understanding loss and the best ways to help

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  • Price: £125 £120

Price includes course notes and life-long access

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Incredibly helpful course, very informative

Emma Wardropper

Loss is a common human experience and major part of life – every one of us will face the loss of a loved one at some time in our lives. Grief can hit us in other ways too – like when we lose someone through dementia, addiction or divorce, or lose something significant, like the ability to have our own children or our physical health.

This course helps explain the different ways people react to grief, offers guidance on the most appropriate ways to support people and will also help you with your own grief when the time comes.

Véronique's compassion and own extensive experience of grief and supporting others really shines through

Why take this course

In our Western culture death and dying have largely been taken into the realm of professionals, with many of us dying in hospital. Death is rarely a part of our conversations. Many don’t feel comfortable around the bereaved, they don’t know what to say or do for the best, or what to expect when faced with a bereaved person. This can make the experience of being bereaved very lonely, particularly as there are also many misunderstandings around grief, which can sometimes make matters worse.

Véronique is passionate about dispelling these myths and giving people a clear roadmap to demystify what is a normal, healthy response to the death of a loved one – and identify when professional help might be needed. As well as her own personal experiences of grief, she has supported countless others over the years through her professional role as a Human Givens practitioner as well as on a personal level.

This compassionate course, which is illustrated with case histories and packed full of practical tips, will help you feel more confident when supporting grieving friends, patients, family or neighbours – and leave you better prepared for what to expect in your own times of grief.

What will you learn

  • The common myths surrounding grief and bereavement – what’s true and what isn’t
  • How differing cultural, religious and belief-based views impact on how people grieve
  • What the science and the latest research tells us about the grieving process
  • The 3 common responses to the death of a loved one
  • When grieving becomes a problem; complicated, avoidant or delayed grief
  • Grieving for someone who is still alive
  • Two different sorts of crying
  • Pathological grieving – how to tell if professional help is needed
  • Guilt and grieving over the loss of someone you feel you might have helped, e.g. suicide, drug or alcohol related death
  • Why our innate emotional needs (part of our ‘human givens’) have a protective role
  • Essential ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ for those wanting to support an individual who has lost a loved one – and how these can change over time or depending on the context
  • How the circumstances around a death can affect how individuals grieve
  • The impact of sudden, unexpected death
  • What to expect in the early days following the loss of a loved one
  • The value and use of ritual
  • The role of our emotions – and why they can come up again out of the blue, sometimes years later
  • How to help children and teenagers deal with death
  • Living loss: grieving over e.g. divorce, infertility, caring for a loved one who is terminally ill, estrangement from friends or family members, the loss of job, or status, freedom, hope etc.
  • The effects of trauma on the process of grief and when to detraumatise the memory
  • How depression and trauma can impact on grieving
  • Practical ways to help someone immersed in grief
  • Case history showing how a human givens therapist helped with extreme grief
  • Help for those that are grieving
  • Case studies: personal experiences of being bereaved and what helped
  • Strategies to avoid being overwhelmed – dipping in and out of grief
  • The use of targeted specialist groups (e.g. death by suicide, drugs, alcohol, the death of a child, of a life partner, cancer, sudden death, stillbirth, sepsis or Covid) and social media
  • Finding meaning and purpose after loss
  • Re-engaging with life
  • Integrating the changes.

Course Programme

Who is this course suitable for

This course is for anyone who would like to understand more about grief and the different ways loss can affect us, and to feel more confident in helping those who are bereaved.

An online course, it is presented in a clear, practical way without psychobabble to make it as readily accessible and helpful to as many people as possible – including those who may be currently grieving themselves.

What's included?

  • Videos
  • PDF Course notes
  • Lifetime access
    Life-long access
  • CPD Certificate
    CPD Certificate

Course format

This online course is split into 3 modules, each of which are broken down further into different sections of videos clips delivered in English. There are also course notes for you to download, plus additional reading information and a range of helpful links.

You can take as long as you like to work your way through this online course on Grief and Bereavement and can view it as many times as you like.

Once you have completed the course, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Meet your tutor

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Véronique Chown

Véronique is a psychotherapist with over 20 years experience in private practice during which time she also worked for three years in the NHS.

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Reviews for this course

5/5 (5 Reviews)
  1. Mandy Gorst, Complementary Therapist and HG trainee

    Very interesting and informative course.

  2. Amanda Hagan, Complementary therapist and voice practitioner

    An excellent course and well delivered. Veronique has a lovely manner. I enjoy the HG online courses as it’s useful to revisit them.

  3. Lyn Tonks, HG therapist

    Thank you Veronique for a very helpful and useful course, delivered at a well-measured pace, allowing time for the listener to assimilate what was being explained.

  4. Felicity Jaffrey, HG therapist

    A very thoughtful and compassionate presentation. I appreciated the balance between science, case studies and practical ways of working with people who have been bereaved.

  5. Emma Wardropper, HG Therapist & Mindfulness Teacher

    Incredibly helpful course, very informative and delivered with sensitivity. I attended this course as a HG therapist myself to support clients but also due to a recent personal bereavement and found the course extremely beneficial from both aspects. The real life case studies were invaluable and a good mixture of theory and practical suggestions. Thank you Veronique!

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