Nursing: Loss, Grief, and Bereavement: Helping Individuals Cope, 4th Edition

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About Course #N1881

Release Date: December 19, 2018

Expiration Date: March 29, 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 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.

About the Author(s)

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 co-wrote 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

Course Disclosures

  • 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.

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