Communicating with the Bereaved

Learning objectives

  • Define compassionate silence.
  • Identify two strategies for communicating with the bereaved.

Course overview

Nurses, social Workers, clergy and other healthcare professionals taking online bereavement training to help them better meet the needs of families suffering loss throughout the continuum of life, receive continuing education credit (CEUs) with an 80% passing grade, and upon completion of the course evaluation.

Nurse Contact Hours: 1.1
Social Worker Contact Hours: 1.0
Chaplain Contact Hours: 1.2

  • 28 minutes
Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • What Is Helpful and What is not Helpful
  • Empathic and Mindful Practice
  • Summary
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  • Cacciatore, J., Thieleman, K., Killian, M., & Tavasolli, K. (2015). Braving human suffering: Death education and its relationship to empathy and mindfulness. Social Work Education, 34(1), 91-109. doi:10.1080/02615479.2014.940890
  • Limbo, R., & Kobler, K. (2013). Meaningful moments: Ritual and reflection when a child dies. La Crosse, WI: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, Inc.
  • Pridham, K., Scott, A., & Limbo, R. (2018). Guided participation theory for teaching and learning in clinical practice. In K. Pridham, R. Limbo, & M. Schroeder (Eds.) Guided participation in pediatric nursing practice: Relationship-based teaching and learning with parents, children, and adolescents (pp.3-18). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.
  • Quill, T. E., Arnold, R. M., & Platt, F. (2001). "I wish things were different": Expressing wishes in response to loss, futility, and unrealistic hopes. Annals of Internal Medicine, 135(7), 551-555. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-135-7-200110020-00022
  • Rousseau, P. (2016). Reflections on caring: Watching a mother. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 46(7), 251-252. doi:10.1016/j.cppeds.2015.10.011
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