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New E-Learning module for Bereavement volunteers launched

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell  today (28th March 2013) launched the Irish Hospice Foundation’s second e-learning training course. Working With Loss  is aimed at bereavement support organisations and volunteers and was developed along with bereavement organisations to bridge identified gaps in bereavement support.

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 Working With Loss addresses how to provide appropriate, ethical support to the bereaved and what policies and procedures must be in place to protect and support volunteers.  It also covers when volunteers should refer the grieving person to level three bereavement support which involves professional intervention.  An estimated 10-15% of people would require level three support.

Working With Loss was developed with a number of participating organisations including; Anam Cara, Barnardos, Bethany Bereavement Support Group, Living Links, Our lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Palliative Care Social Workers of Ireland, Rainbows Ireland, The Bereavement Counselling Service, The Family Centre Castlebar and Turas Le Cheile.

Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, stated: “The Irish Hospice Foundation is committed to supporting people at end of life and into bereavement.  One of the ways we do this is with the education courses we run through our Bereavement Education and Resource Centre.  In the absence of a national bereavement strategy, we hope that our training and education programme including Working with Loss will go some way to bridge the gaps that current exist in bereavement support around the country.”

Working With Loss was developed by the IHF’s Training and Development Officer, Breffni McGuinness who commented: “The Petrus report 2007 reviewed bereavement support provision in Ireland and recognised the great work that is being done by organisations and volunteers.  It also highlighted the need for quality training in bereavement support to be available nationwide.  One of the IHF’s responses has been to work with other organisations to develop this e-learning bereavement support training which is available anywhere nationwide where there is access to the internet.  Working with Loss is an accessible, high quality tool that will provide organisations with an important building block for their training programmes.”

For more information or to purchase ‘Working with Loss’ click here

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