Module Catalogue

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

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Elizabeth Wilkinson
  • 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
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:0020:00Independent assessment preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0036:00Online content
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity102:0020:00Reflective Activities via discussion board
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study121:0012:00Supplemental Reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion121:0012:00Via discussion board
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
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M1002000 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