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Bereavement Training: Pediatric and Adult Death

Are you interested in providing the best care possible to dying patients and their families? Our relationship-based approach to pediatric and adult bereavement care will help you do that. You know that good bereavement care matters - that it's the right thing to do. Resolve Through Sharing® (RTS) has signified quality interprofessional bereavement education since 1981.

Who should attend?
This course is intended for nurses, all levels of social work practitioners, chaplains, physicians, child life specialists, emergency medical system/first responders, and other team members who care for dying patients and families from the pediatric and adult population.


Day 1

7:30 a.m. Sign in

8:00 a.m.

  • Getting acquainted and setting the stage
  • Introduction to relationship in pediatric and adult death bereavement care
  • Using theoretical frameworks to understand relationship
    • Break
  • Working with bereaved families using Guided Participation
    • Break
  • Communication strategies
  • Caring for children who are dying and their families
  • Caring for bereaved children and teens
    • Lunch
  • Sudden, traumatic, and stigmatizing death
  • Family presence during CPR and viewing the body
  • Autopsy
  • Veterans and bereavement
  • Complicated grief
    • Break
  • Summary of day 1; preparation for day 2
  • Family panel

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Day 2

7:30 a.m. Sign in

8:00 a.m.

  • Reflections on day 1
  • End-of-life care including palliative and hospice care
  • Reducing barriers in end-of-life discussions
  • Pediatric and adult advance care planning
  • Spiritual care and the role of hope
  • Honoring relationship through ritual
    • Break
  • Creating memories through keepsakes and photography
  • Loss, grief, and growth 
    • Lunch
  • Follow up after a child or adult dies
  • Grief conference 
    • Break 
  • Relationship-based care as a foundation for caring for yourself
  • Wrap up and evaluations

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

Pre-requirement: Three online modules must be completed prior to attending the classroom segment of the training (cost included in registration fee).

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