A busy three weeks of teaching


Week 5 of the bereavement training module went well. The students were made aware of some more models and theories of grief: Stroebe and Schut’s Dual Process Model, the Work of Martin and Doka on Instrument and Intuitive Grief and of the pitfalls of gender stereotyping grieving styles. We also explored the work of Linda Machin: her Range of Responses to Loss model. Finally we looked at the concept of Continuing Bonds with the deceased. In the afternoon we practised counselling skills.

Then last week I spent a morning teaching basic theories of grief to a very interested and interesting group of medical students, here at the Hospice learning about hospice work and palliative care.

Next Tuesday, 29th October, my good friend and colleague Golnar Bayat is delivering the morning module session on Working with Difference. Golnar helped me write my book chapter with this title.

On the 5th November I am training hospice volunteers on the workshop title “What to do, what to say”. People are often worried about what to say to distressed people when we know that we cannot change the situation they are in. It is however, important to be there for people, to listen attentively and be a caring presence. Volunteers often need training to give them confidence, and a reassurance that usually, just ‘being there’ is enough.


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