Death, Dying and Bereavement

The course aims to:

Prepare counselors and a wide range of professional care givers for responding sensitively and creatively to end of life and bereavement issues in their therapeutic work. It will also be valuable for those who are dying and their close family members.

Provide helpful theoretical frameworks for thinking, feeling and understanding psychological processes specific to the end of life and bereavement.

By the end of the course students will:

  • Identify specific issues faced by people dying; emotional, physical, social, ethical andspiritual.
  • Have addressed at least some of their own anxieties and difficulties in relating to death,dying and bereavement.
  • Have increased confidence in their ability to support people through the process of dyingand/or grieving.
  • Have considered significant differences between guidelines which apply to normal counseling and death and dying work.
  • Have considered being a coach and guide as well as a counselor.
  • Have explored professional ethics and boundary issues relating to end of life andbereavement.

The course has ten lessons and four on-line tutorials.

The final tutorial forms part of an assessment process for the award of a certificate in endof life therapy.

Extra tutorials can be purchased if required by the student.

Course fee: £450 paid in advance or £500 in 10 instalments of £50.

Extra tutorials £50

Bursaries are available. Please inquire.

Course Description

Lesson 1

Lesson 1

  • Kubler Ross and the stages of death and dying.
  • Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance.
  • Further thoughts on Kubler Ross’s work.
  • Core competences in counseling; accurate empathy, self knowledge, respect andcompassion.
  • Self examination to identify areas of strength and weakness in relation to death, dying andbereavement.

Lesson 2

Lesson 2

  • Personal and transpersonal issues of death and dying.
  • Materialism and spirituality.
  • Cultural and cross-cultural concerns.
  • The near death experience, peri-death experiences, and transpersonal constructs of deathand dying.
  • No substitute for experiential work. The counselor needs to explore their own death anddying.
  • Use of meditation and guided phantasy.
  • 50 things to do before you die.

Lesson 3

Lesson 3

  • Theoretical understandings of the psychology of death and dying.
  • “The human encounter with death.” Stan Grof and Joan Halifax.
  • Research into death and dying using psychedelic drugs and hollotropic breathwork and other meditation techniques to help people through distress in the process of dying.
  • Understanding the pre-natal and peri-natal matrices, and how these may be triggered byterminal illness.
  • Helping your client through primal distress.

Lesson 4

Lesson 4

  • Family matters.
  • Unfinished business.
  • Connecting and reconnecting.
  • The courage to change the things you can, the ability to accept what you cannot change and the wisdom to discover the difference.
  • What you leave behind.Use of art,
  • photography and creative writing.

Lesson 5

Lesson 5

  • Community matters. Making death a natural part of life.
  • Finding where you belong.
  • Finding where you belong.
  • Real and virtual communities.
  • Reaching out and letting others reach you.
  • “Dying Matters”. A whole raft of resources.

Lesson 6

Lesson 6

  • Funeral arrangements and wills.
  • Writing a will. Legal advice. State support. Undertakers. Celebrants.
  • The natural death centre. “Dead good funerals”.
  • Living your dying.

Lesson 7

Lesson 7

  • “A good death”.
  • Holding on and letting go.
  • What this means to the client.
  • Making choices and making them real. Advocacy.
  • Pain control. Home, hospital and hospice. Spiritual midwifery.
  • Sitting with the client.

Lesson 8

Lesson 8

  • Early stages of bereavement.
  • Dealing with practicalities.  Funeral arrangements.
  • Not surrendering to the funeral industry
  • Celebrating a life and feeling the pain of loss.
  • Being available after the funeral.
  • Being available after the funeral.
  • Helping with the client’s sense of abandonment and aloneness.

Lesson 9

Lesson 9

  • Grief work and how and when to end counseling.
  • Engaging with creative impulses in the client. Use of creative media.
  • Connecting with primal grief.
  • Transference and counter transference issues.
  • Specialist training in grief counseling.

Lesson 10

Lesson 10

  • At the end of the journey. Loss and endings, the core of psychotherapy work.
  • Exploring what you have learned and what you still need to learn.
  • Next steps.
  • Theoretical courses
  • Experiential courses.
  • Supervision.

Courses

Latest Events & Workshops

Latest Events & Workshops

Glastonbury Positive Living Group

The Breath of Life:
An Introduction to Deeper Mindfulness

Glastonbury Town Hall, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury.

Doors open from 7pm for start at 7.30pm.
Wednesday 11th December
£6 (£5) on the door incl. light refreshments.

Contact

Nick Owen / Deeper Mindfulness
Unit 35158
PO Box 6945
London
W1A 6US

T: 07962532478
E: deepermindfulness@gmail.com