Understanding Loss and Supporting Individuals Through Grief

This training will address the third pillar of knowledge and practice identified in the Foundations of Caregiver Support – Loss and Grief.  Practitioners will focus on identifying the various forms of loss people experience and the variability of grief responses across the human experience.  Participants will also have the opportunity to reflect on their own personal losses. In addition to gaining knowledge about loss and grief, participants will walk away with strategies to use for supporting children and adults through the grief process, such as: communication & validation, therapeutic rituals and meaning making.

Objectives

  • Identify various forms of loss, from primary loss to ambiguous loss, to secondary and tertiary losses.
  • Explore the spectrum of grief responses, focusing on the differences among children, youth and adults.
  • Implement ways to support children, youth and adults within your existing practice as they move through the grieving process
  • Engage in developmentally appropriate responses to the grief process and support individuals in meaning making.