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Grief, Loss, and Dying During COVID-19

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust via FutureLearn


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.

Please note that this run of the ‘Grief, Loss and Dying During Covid-19’ course is not facilitated, however we encourage you to share your experiences and perspectives with other learners as you work through the content.

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.

Taught by

Andrew Cooper

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