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Working in Bereavement

A wide range of professionals and volunteers provide support to people who are bereaved. It is important for people working in bereavement and loss to be aware of the limits of their own competence, to avail of appropriate training, and to be aware of national supports.
As a rule, the more complex a bereaved person’s needs, the more advanced skill and training is required by a helper.

Updated 05/05/2020

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Adult Bereavement Care Pyramid

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National Networks and Policies

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Bereavement Training and Education

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Complicated/Prolonged Grief

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