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Understanding Loss & Grief

Understanding Loss & Grief

[ UCNL06 ]


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This Understanding Loss and Grief Home Study course provides effective training support for anyone who works with the bereaved, and will prove particularly useful in the helping and caring professions.

•Course Length - 12 Months
•Award Received - UK Distance Learning and Publishing Diploma
•Course Code: UCNL06

•This Understanding Loss and Grief Home Study course provides effective training support for anyone who works with the bereaved, and will prove particularly useful in the helping and caring professions. The material helps trainees understand the nature of loss and grief and its impact on both those who grieve and those who care for them.
•Offering support to someone who is suffering from loss or bereavement is a tremendous challenge, both personally and professionally. This course provides guidance and advice for anyone whose work brings them into contact with the bereaved and is particularly suitable if you are working in a helping or caring profession.


 Unit 1: What is loss?

 Loss as a continuous life process
 Some models of loss
 Death as a taboo - an historical perspective
 Taking responsibility for support

Unit 2: 'Dying is an art'

 Where people die
 A good death?
 Euthanasia or assisted suicide
 Losses for the dying; losses for the carer
 Meeting the needs of the dying and their carers
 Awareness of dying
 Two models of dying
 The dying person's Bill of Rights
 Declaration of Rights of people with cancer
 Case studies

Unit 3: Grief work

 "Grief work” the thinking of Sigmund Freud
 Melanie Klein and internalisation
 Bowlby's attachment theory
 Anticipatory grief
 Cultural patterns in grief

Unit 4: Models of grief (1)

 Theories and models of grief
 Worden's four tasks of mourning
 Murray-Parkes' concept of psycho-social transition in loss
 Murray-Parkes' four stages of grieving ”a sequential model"
 Benefits and drawbacks of linear models of grief

Unit 5: Models of grief (2)

 The validity of linear models of grief and further thoughts
 Determinants of grief
 Stroebe's 'dual process' model of grief
 Marris's sociological perspective on grief

Unit 6: How do we grieve?

 Manifestations of grief
 Expression of grief
 Implications for support / four types of support

Unit 7: The grief of parents and children

 The nature of childhood grief
 The child's concept of death
 Adult attitudes to children's grief
 The child's expression of grief
 Loss and change for the bereaved child
 Adolescent grief
 Parental grief

Unit 8: Complex and complicated grief

 Complex and complicated grief
 Indicators of abnormal grief
 Absence of grief
 Chronic grief
 Complicated or complex grief
 The role of medication in grief
 Factors complicating grief

Unit 9: Special considerations

 Special considerations
 Sexuality and bereavement
 Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
 Grief after voluntary euthanasia (assisted suicide)

Unit 10: In memoriam

 Immortality & some interpretations
 The funeral
 Children and funerals
 The epitaph
 Humour and death

Unit 11: New thinking on Loss and Grief

 Revisiting ideas
 Looking at more recent thinking
 Getting over it
 The growing around grief model
 Bereavement and Biography
 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
 Object Relations Theory

At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a completion certificate.


The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online A-Level courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.


The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have, In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.






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