Loss, grief and bereavement cuts across all sectors of social work practice. The focus of this course is on helping persons face with loss, grief and bereavement under a broad spectrum of circumstances. The primary focus is on persons facing a serious medical condition that can be disabling and fatal. The social worker is often impacted by grief and bereavement issues and many are ill-equipped to assist the griever in an appropriate manner to enhance individual and familial grief recovery.
This course encompasses two segments. The first segment will focus on understanding the state of grief, the relationship between grief and loss, anticipatory grief and death anxiety, and how individuals react to grief. The second segment will focus on issues in bereavement, bereavement counseling and group work.