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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 3 Contact Hours (2 CCMC Hours)
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC
Peer Reviewer(s): Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS APRN-CNS
Item#: N1685
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)
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Managing Grief in the Workplace

Price $21.95
Item # N1685
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: December 31, 2015

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

Workplaces face the difficult challenge of dealing with death-related losses. Healthcare professionals often confront loss and grief while supporting clients. No workplace is immune to loss. When tragedy strikes an organization, there must be guidelines in place to manage the impact of the loss on leaders, management, and employees. This course defines key terms, provides an overview of critical considerations for bereavement policy development, and incorporates key principles that can serve as the basis of bereavement policy, whether for private employers or for comprehensive workplace programs.

First, this course identifies the possible grief reactions of bereaved employees. With an understanding that loss affects employees, the course then examines the bereavement policy planning process. Next, the focus moves to a compassionate workplace and what leaders, managers, and colleagues can do when loss affects employees. Finally, this course explores workplace transitional changes, including non-death- and death-related losses.


This course is an extraction of and should not be taken with, N1658 Death, Dying, and Bereavement, 3rd Edition (30 contact hours).

CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (2 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives

  • Describe how grief reactions can affect work­place productivity.
  • Establish an understanding of bereavement guidelines and leave policies.
  • List techniques to support bereaved employees.

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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