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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 30 Contact Hours
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC
Peer Reviewer(s): Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS APRN-CNS 
Item#: N1658
Contents: 1 Course Book (472 pages)
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Death, Dying, and Bereavement: Providing Compassion During a Time of Need, 3rd Edition

Price $74.95
Item # N1658
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

This course contains essential information for healthcare providers on the phenomenon of death, dying, and bereavement. Current research findings are interjected to provide evidence-based information that can be applied to clinical practice. The course reviews interventions in helping those living with life-threatening illness. As dying perspectives are reviewed, the role of the professional in palliative care and hospice will enable provision of the best quality of care at the end of life. Content on advance care planning will help learners become better communicators with patients, understanding the differences between a living will, medical power of attorney, informed consent, and a do-not-resuscitate order. This third edition also contains updated content on grief reactions to loss, religious beliefs and practices at end of life, and communities responding in situations involving sudden death. Principles of the CRISIS Framework that can alleviate disaster-related bereavement are now included. 

New topics in this edition include homicide and helping in the immediate aftermath as well as grief in the workplace, which will be valuable to any professional, especially a professional responsible for creating bereavement policies .  Pre-, inter- and postvention of suicide has been updated and greatly expanded. Helping bereaved adults and children and effective communication skills to be put to use when tragedy strikes are also discussed. With attention to the healthcare professional’s personal and professional stress, the final chapter concentrates on burnout, compassion fatigue, and building resilience. 


CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (30 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives

  • Identify theoretical models, definitions of death and associated stages, and cultural and religious beliefs and practices
  • Describe supportive care for the dying patient and their family, including palliative and hospice care, methods for conveying wishes for end-of-life care, and advance directives
  • Describe methods for assisting survivors and communities experiencing loss of different types, including traumatic deaths, homicide, and suicide
  • Describe the grief process in a variety of settings, including in the community and workplace
  • Recognize the importance of self-care strategies to cope with and prevent occupational burnout and compassion fatigue

Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC, is a dynamic keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and acclaimed, nationally recognized author. Barbara received a BS in Psychology and an MA in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress; Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Certified Bereavement Specialist; and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Barbara was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, facilitated bereavement support groups, and taught graduate and master’s-level courses at Brooklyn College. Through ShareGrief, she supports the bereaved internationally. She is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye and contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal and Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief. Her keynotes on compassion fatigue energize and motivate healthcare professionals to build resilience. Barbara’s website is

Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS, is a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dianne is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has experience in medical-surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, and grief resolution; gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing; psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication; and empathy.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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