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New, redesigned Bereavement Modules

  • Communicating With the Bereaved
  • Memory-Making and Ritual
  • Guided Participation: A Method of Teaching and Learning

These newly designed state-of-the-art learning modules are user-friendly, interactive, and evidence-based. They work seamlessly with RTS education, providing in-depth introductions to topics that are fundamental to the core RTS courses. You can complete the modules by taking RTS Bereavement Training, or you can complete them independently by purchasing the module 3-Pack for $45. The modules are suitable for individual training as well as training for entire healthcare organizations.

Continuing education is available for nurses, social workers, and chaplains. Completion time is approximately two hours. To receive contact or continuing education hours, nurses, social workers, and chaplains must complete the online course, post-test (with an 80% passing grade), and the course evaluation.

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Register for RTS Bereavement Training (modules free if registering for training).

Module Details

Communicating With the Bereaved

Purpose: Learn what to say and what to do when caring for someone who is grieving, and strategies for communicating with the bereaved.
Audience: This lesson is intended for healthcare professionals and others who may interact with or provide services to the bereaved.
Objectives: As a result of completing this lesson, the learner will be able to

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

Memory-Making and Ritual

Purpose: Learn the importance of keepsakes, memorials, and ritual for the bereaved when one who is loved dies.
Audience: This lesson is intended for healthcare professionals and others who may interact with or provide services to the bereaved.
Objectives: As a result of completing this lesson, the learner will be able to

  • List three ways the bereaved can memorialize their loved one who has died.
  • Identify how mementos create relationship between the survivor and the deceased.
  • Explain co-creation of ritual.

Guided Participation: A Method of Teaching and Learning

Purpose: Learn what sets Guided Participation apart from other methods of teaching and learning, and how it supports relationship-based care and practice.
Audience: This lesson is intended for healthcare professionals and others who may interact with or provide services to the bereaved.
Objectives: As a result of completing this lesson, the learner will be able to

  • Define participatory learning.
  • List the three elements of Guided Participation.

Continuing Education Credit

To receive contact or continuing education hours, nurses, social workers, and chaplains must complete the online course, post-test (with an 80% passing grade), and the course evaluation. A continuing education certificate will be available to print after completing the requirements.

Course Titles

  • Resolve Through Sharing Communicating With the Bereaved
  • Resolve Through Sharing Memory-Making and Ritual
  • Resolve Through Sharing Guided Participation: A Method of Teaching and Learning

Nursing Contact Hours
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider (Gundersen Lutheran Bereavement and Advance Care Planning Services) approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #12245, for 3.0 contact hours for RTS Online Learner-Directed Trainings.

Nurses will receive 3.0 contact hours for completion of these online courses.

Social Work Continuing Education Hours
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc., provider # 1089, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/14/2018–11/14/2021.

Social workers completing this course receive 2.0 continuing education credits.

RTS Bereavement Modules are appropriate for all levels of social work.

Other Credits

Chaplains may apply for continuing education credit through the Association for Professional Chaplains (APC).

Authors

  • Rana Limbo, PhD, RN, CPLC, FAAN
    Director Emerita Dr. Rana Limbo cofounded RTS in 1981. Since the publication of the first RTS bereavement training manual in 1983, Dr. Limbo has been intensively involved in RTS curriculum design and development as co-editor and co-author. Her vast list of contributions to RTS education and patient support materials include all nine editions of RTS Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death; all eight editions of RTS Coordinator Training; RTS Bereavement Training: Neonatal and Pediatric Death (1st edition); RTS Bereavement Training: Pediatric and Adult Death (1st edition); RTS Bereavement Training: Adult Death (1st edition); ancillary presentations; position papers on a variety of bereavement topics; and numerous patient support brochures and booklets. Dr. Limbo is internationally recognized for her leadership, scholarship, and clinical expertise in bringing the domain of perinatal bereavement to the forefront of bereavement care. As a prolific author, she has contributed to numerous articles and books.

    Dr. Limbo's extensive list of groundbreaking articles includes MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing publications "The Tie That Binds: Relationships in Perinatal Bereavement," "Respectful Disposition in Early Pregnancy Loss," and "Being Sure: Women's Experience With Inevitable Miscarriage."

    Dr. Limbo is co-author and/or co-editor of several books, including When a Baby Dies: A Handbook for Healing and Helping; Meaningful Moments: Ritual and Reflection When a Child Dies; and Conversations in Perinatal, Neonatal, and Pediatric Palliative Care. She is co-editor and co-author of two publications earning the AJN Book of the Year Award: Guided Participation in Pediatric and Nursing Practice: Relationship-Based Teaching and Learning With Parents, Children, and Adolescents in the category of child health and Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement in Nursing and Other Health Professions in the category of palliative and hospice.

    Dr. Limbo is a highly sought-after speaker at bereavement trainings and conferences for healthcare professionals around the world.

  • Marie A. Walter, MS, RN, C-EFM, CPLC

    Marie Walter worked as a clinical nurse specialist in the obstetrics department at Gundersen Health System for 35 years as part of an interprofessional team providing care to women with high-risk pregnancies. In 2016, Ms. Walter assumed the role of RTS lead educator. As co-editor and co-author, her curriculum development output includes RTS Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death (9th edition), RTS Coordinator Training (8th edition), RTS Bereavement Training: Adult Death (1st edition), the RTS Bereavement Module 3-Pack, teaching kits, position papers, and ancillary presentations. Her expertise in the arena of early pregnancy loss provided the opportunity to collaborate on the following unparalleled works: It's Never Too Early (an in-depth overview of clinical, emotional, and physical components of miscarriage) and the publication of "Clinical Aspects of Miscarriage" in MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.

    In 2011, Ms. Walter received the Wisconsin Association of Perinatal Care President's Award for her commitment to the health of women and babies in the state. She is an invited speaker at bereavement trainings and conferences for healthcare professionals across the U.S.

  • Mary Beth Hensel, MBA

    RTS Director Mary Beth Hensel served as co-editor of RTS Bereavement Training: Adult Death (1st edition) and co-editor and co-author of the RTS Bereavement Module 3-Pack and the booklet "Understanding Suicide: You Are Not Alone." Ms. Hensel was first author on a chapter with RTS Director Emerita Dr. Rana Limbo in the book Guided Participation in Pediatric and Nursing Practice: Relationship-Based Teaching and Learning With Parents, Children, and Adolescents, which was awarded the 2018 first place AJN Book of the Year Award in the category of child health. Ms. Hensel and Dr. Limbo's chapter, "Using Principles of Guided Participation to Develop and Maintain a Bereavement Program," deftly weaves together the origins of the RTS program and Ms. Hensel's MBA research project measuring the effectiveness of RTS training. Their chapter is unique in that it provides outcomes data on RTS trainings that incorporate guided participation as the teaching/learning theory on which the education is based. 

  • Melissa Koch

    As the RTS materials specialist, Melissa Koch assists in the development of RTS courses, patient support materials, articles, and ancillary presentations. Some of her noteworthy contributions as a co-editor and/or co-author include RTS Bereavement Training: Perinatal Death (9th edition), RTS Coordinator Training (8th edition), RTS Bereavement Training: Adult Death (1st edition), the RTS Bereavement Module 3-Pack, and the booklet "Understanding Suicide: You Are Not Alone." Her other responsibilities include writing the RTS quarterly newsletter, writing RTS marketing materials, and managing RTS social media. Ms. Koch served as a consultant for Guided Participation in Pediatric and Nursing Practice: Relationship-Based Teaching and Learning With Parents, Children, and Adolescents, which was awarded the 2018 first place AJN Book of the Year Award in the category of child health.   

Planning Committee

  • Marie A. Walter, MS, RN, C-EFM, CPLC
  • Jalane Schramm, CSW
  • Ann Tyndall, M Div, BCC
  • Seth Barna, BSN, RN
  • Tim Cranfill, DMin, BCC
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