Illness and Loss: Living with the Seen and Unseen

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This workshop will consider the losses, hidden and otherwise, that can arise when illness comes into our lives.

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Illness in all its forms can bring with it huge consequences for how we experience ourselves and our world. This workshop will consider the losses, hidden and otherwise, that can arise when illness comes into our lives. Psychological resilience in the face of illness will be explored along with the understanding of how turning towards, rather than away from, our suffering can give rise to personal growth and deepening wisdom. Special consideration will be given to the impact of a cancer diagnosis on psychological wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • understand the unique losses associated with illness
  • develop their awareness of how losses may manifest as psychological distress and the factors associated with vulnerability and resilience
  • learn about psychological resilience in the face of illness and how to support it
  • recognise the impact of illness related loss on caregivers, staff, and services

Presenter Profile

Louise O’Driscoll is a Senior Clinical Psychologist in St. Vincent’s University Hospital. As a member of the psycho-oncology service Louise works with in-patients and outpatients whose lives are affected by cancer risk or diagnosis. Louise has a special interest in the application of compassion and body oriented therapeutic approaches in health care and working collaboratively with clients to help bring about well-being in the face of illness. She has completed advanced training in Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and is currently training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Louise collaborates on several ongoing funded research projects and has presented research both nationally and internationally.

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Organiser Irish Hospice Foundation

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2022Workshops on Loss and Bereavement


This is a series of introductory workshops on a range of topics covering loss and bereavement.

Target Audience

The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers who may wish to learn more about loss and bereavement and for those working with people who have experienced a major loss.

These workshops are framed relative to the HSE palliative care competence framework at level two – for people whose work increasingly sees them engaging with people facing loss, bereavement and death. Specifically, the competence dimension for grief and loss; and the competence dimension for communication are of relevance to workshop content and learning outcomes.

The framework is available here https://www.lenus.ie/handle/10147/323543


Professional accreditation is under application from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. If you have other accreditation needs please contact us. A certificate of participation/attendance at the workshops is available on request.

Teaching Method

The workshops will be held online via Zoom and will include talks and interactive sessions.

Time and Duration

Workshops will commence at 9.15am and conclude at 4.15pm. There will be short breaks through the day and a lunch break of 45 minutes. Registration will commence at 9.00am


Participants may attend one or more workshops. Please note as places are limited early booking is advised.


€100 per workshop


Full payment is required at the time of online booking.


Cancellations up to 1 week prior to each workshop will be given a full refund minus an administration fee of €10. Thereafter no refunds will be made.

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