Nursing: COVID-19: Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: Helping Families Cope

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About the Webinar Course

This webinar course has been previously recorded.  

Although nurses have various educational backgrounds and work in diverse clinical settings, COVID-19 has impacted them in a way that brings them together. Nurses may be confronted by grieving family members in months, if not years to come.  A major emphasis of this webinar course is on providing an understanding of how families mourn their loved ones during a pandemic. Families were not able to express their love or hold their loved one’s hand as they took their last breath. Families could not express their grief to others as they were physically distancing from those around them, and many mourn alone. Mourning is the outward expression of thoughts and feelings related to COVID-19. This course explores practical strategies to help bereaved families by identifying contemporary mourning theories, such as Tasks of Mourning, Dual Process Model, Six “R” Processes of Mourning, Continuing Bonds Theory, and Meaning Reconstruction. Mourning theories can provide a framework to help nurses comfort families. Additionally, this webinar focuses on understanding how theories and models of loss, grief, and mourning can move families through their painful loss experience in a healthy and meaningful way.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the webinar course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify how families mourn their loved ones during a pandemic.
  • List three strategies to help bereaved families comfort and mourn the loss of a loved one.

About the Presenter:
Barbara Rubel, MA, B.C.E.T.S., D.A.A.E.T.S.

Barbara Rubel, MA, B.C.E.T.S., D.A.A.E.T.S., is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, trainer, and webinar instructor on secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma. Her keynotes motivate clinicians to build their personal resilience. Her story was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes: Families shattered by suicide, narrated by Mariette Hartley. Ms. Rubel is a consultant with the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, and co-wrote their training curriculum, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma.  She is the author of the book, But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: Helping families after a suicide, 3rd Edition, the 30-hour continuing education Nurses, Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: Helping individuals cope course, and a contributing writer in Coaching for Results: expert advice from 25 top international coaches; Keys to a Good Life: Wisdom to unlock your power within; Thin Threads: Grief and renewal; and Fresh Grief. Her background includes working as a hospice bereavement coordinator and serving as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, where she taught undergraduate and master’s-level courses in Death, Life and Health; Children and Death; Health Crisis Intervention; and Health Counseling. She received a BS degree in Psychology and a MA degree in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress, and diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Visit her website at  

Content Reviewer:
June Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN

Dr. Thompson has a long history of working in emergency care and in the community.  She holds a doctoral degree in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology and health services administration.  Dr. Thompson has held academic positions at the Ohio State University, the University of Texas, and the University of New Mexico. She is currently a Nurse Planner for Elite Healthcare. 

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