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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 30 Contact Hours
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, DAAETS
Peer Reviewer(s): Susan DeSanto-Madeya, PhD, APN, RN
Item#: N1881
Contents: 1 Course Book (394 pages)
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Loss, Grief, & Bereavement: Helping Individuals Cope, 4th Edition

Price $74.95
Item # N1881
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: December 19, 2018

Expiration Date: December 31, 2021

This course contains essential information that nurses can use to help individuals, families, and communities cope with loss, grief, and bereavement, or reflect on issues and practices related to death. The course reviews the the role of palliative and hospice care in providing the highest quality end of life care. Content on advance care planning helps nurses become better communicators with patients, and fosters a better understanding of ethical issues surrounding end-of-life care. Updated content on religious beliefs, grief reactions to loss, suicide care, and communities responding to homicide or other traumatic death is also presented. The course examines the mourning process, including grief in children and adolescents, and the experiences of those suffering from compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma. Bereavement policies to manage grief in the workplace are also covered.

Course Objectives

  • Explain common concerns related to death and a positive way of thinking about thanatology or the
    study of death.
  • Identify the components and functions of the American death system.
  • Describe the purpose and approaches of palliative care and hospice care in delivering high quality
    care at the end of life, and the significance of advance care planning.
  • Discuss the importance of respect for patients’ religious beliefs, rituals, and practices at the end of
    life and immediately after death.
  • Describe factors that influence the way patients grieve after experiencing a loss.
  • Discuss the magnitude of suicide as a public health concern and the related implications for nurses
    and other clinicians.
  • Describe challenging issues affecting survivors of homicide victims (co-victims).
  • Explain how bereaved individuals, including children and adolescents, cope with mourning, loss,
    and grief.
  • Describe effective communication techniques tailored to the needs of the bereaved, including individuals
    and groups.
  • Recognize resilient self-care strategies to help prevent and cope with compassion fatigue and vicarious
    trauma from working with dying individuals and their families.
  • Identify a framework for interprofessional education and training on community bereavement after
    violent death and mass trauma.
  • Recognize ways in which employers can protect the well-being of their employees who experience loss.

Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, DAAETS, is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Her keynotes motivate nurses and other clinicians to build resilience. Ms. Rubel is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye. She is a contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal, Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief, Coaching for Results: Expert Advice From 25 Top International Coaches, and Keys to a Good Life: Wisdom to Unlock Your Power Within. She was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes: Families Shattered by Suicide, narrated by Mariette Hartley. Ms. Rubel’s background includes working as a hospice bereavement coordinator and serving as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, where she taught undergraduate and master’s courses in death, life, and health; children and death; health crisis intervention; and health counseling. Ms. Rubel currently is a consultant with the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime and cowrote its training curriculum, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma. Ms. Rubel received a BS in Psychology and MA in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. Ms. Rubel is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress and diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Her website can be found at

Susan DeSanto-Madeya, PhD, APN, RN, is an associate clinical professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where she has served on the faculty since 2004. She is also a nurse scientist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. DeSanto-Madeya was previously an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts – Boston. She received her MSN and PhD in Nursing from Widener University. Dr. DeSanto-Madeya has served in leadership positions with the Boston Chapter of the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association. In 2016, she was named a Sojourns Palliative Care Scholar Leader by the Cambia Foundation and is currently implementing an Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate program at Boston College. Dr. DeSanto-Madeya has published extensively on end-of-life care, palliative care, and the role of caregivers.

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.