Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


ONC8010 : Handling Loss, Grief, and Bereavement (E-learning)

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  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Elizabeth Wilkinson
  • Lecturer: Ms Nicky Asbury
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Handling loss and grief is a core competency for practitioners in the palliative care field. This module examines the theoretical background of bereavement, looks at how to build support networks, identify those at risk from complex grieving and helps the student to develop strategies for support, both for themselves and for clients. The module aims to enable participants to recognise and deal effectively with issues around grief and loss from first point of contact with clients and those close to them in palliative care situations.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
•An overview of the theories of loss.
•Theories of human attachment and why we grieve. 
•Loss, bereavement and grieving. 
•Normal and complicated grief reactions, including anticipatory grief. 
•Self awareness, supervision and support and their role in staying well.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 2 10:00 20:00  
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 12 3:00 36:00 Online content
Guided Independent Study Reflective learning activity 10 2:00 20:00  
Guided Independent Study Independent study 12 1:00 12:00 Supplemental Reading
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 12 1:00 12:00 Via discussion board
Total       100:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design of the on-line materials encourages students to explore and deepen their understanding of loss grief and bereavement. The on-line asynchronous discussions focus on issues raised through the completion of weekly activities, reading and reflection. These online discussions will allow on-line networking, and mentor support will help facilitate sharing of practice in this sensitive area.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Case study 1 M 100 2000 Words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The application of new theoretical learning will be demonstrated by the written presentation of a case the student has worked with. Critical thinking of the models, self-reflection and ideas for changes in future practice will be demonstrated.

Reading Lists

  • Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk