This course is aimed at healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds, and aims to help you to work more effectively with your patients by enhancing your understanding of bereavement.

It is intended as an introduction to this important subject. It does not provide a full training in working with bereavement.  If this course inspires you to learn more, the courses offered by Cruse Bereavement Care, which are recognised by National Counselling Society, are recommended.

This course has been certified by CPD UK – the CPD Certification Service. You can therefore rest assured that it has been assessed and meets their high standards for learning.

This course is intended to be suitable for the target audience defined in Tier 1 of the Mental Health Core Skills Education and Training Framework commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and developed in collaboration by Skills for Health, Skills for Care and Health Education England (HEE).

It will be valuable for support staff who may interact with those affected by mental health issues and therefore need to have an awareness and understanding of mental health issues.  It can help with establishing positive relationships with individuals who have mental health problems.

The Framework can be found here:

Please be aware that this course is not designed to train you to become a counsellor or the sole provider of mental health support for your patients, but to give you the skills and tools to support them within your existing role alongside a qualified mental health professional where required.


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Explain various ways of understanding bereavement and loss
  2. Explain how the experience of bereavement and loss is relevant in healthcare.
  3. Review a range of support skills
  4. Evaluate how these skills can be used in your professional healthcare context
  5. Apply learning appropriately to your own CPD requirements


The course requires self-directed learning. In addition, you do not need to purchase any books or journals to complete this course, but there is a section on recommended reading at the end of the course should you wish to continue learning more.

Upon completion of this course you will be awarded a certificate for 10 CPD hours.


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