Loss and Grief in Later Life

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Loss and Grief in Later Life

Bereavement and loss are common experiences for older adults and can have a pervasive impact on health and well-being.

By Irish Hospice Foundation

When and where

Date and time

Thu, 20 Apr 2023 01:15 - 08:15 PDT



Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

About this event

  • 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket


Bereavement and loss are common experiences for older adults and can have a pervasive impact on health and well-being. Therefore supporting older adults to grieve, to reflect and adapt to challenges facing them in later life is important. This workshop will consider losses across both the lifespan and accumulative losses specific to later life. The workshop will be experiential in nature using multi-media, group work techniques and mindfulness. It will draw on the current literature and theory in loss and grief in later life. How grief is experienced across various cultures will be also explored.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • feel more comfortable and confident in engaging in conversations about grief and loss with older adults
  • understand the variety of issues relating to loss and grief that are specifically of concern to older adults – such as role, cognition, spousal and close family loss and anticipatory grief
  • understand the factors that promote resilience in later life
  • have an expanded toolkit for engaging with participants in this age group
  • be aware of appropriate supports and resources

Presenter Profile

Jennifer Allen and Gay Robinson are Senior Social Workers practising in an older adult mental health service. They appreciate the power and learning potential of group work and have co-facilitated carer and bereavement support programmes over the past decade. Jennifer and Gay have previously provided training to Alone volunteers on ‘Grief and Old Age’.

Gay has over twenty-five years of social work experience in child protection, medical and mental health settings in Ireland and New Zealand. She also holds Diplomas in Counselling and Psycho-Therapy, and Family Therapy and is a mindfulness practitioner. Gay has vast experience in facilitating anxiety management and mindfulness groups.

Jennifer is a graduate of the MSc Bereavement Studies, Royal College of Surgeons and is currently undertaking doctoral research in University College Dublin, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, in advance care planning with persons with dementia. She is also a mindfulness practitioner. Jennifer has previously co-ordinated a hospital bereavement support programme and has developed and facilitated healthy ageing groups for older adults and carers transition groups for spouses of persons living with dementia. She has also facilitated seminars on ‘Grief in later life’ for the South Dublin Bereavement Network and other voluntary organisations.

About the organiser

2023 Workshops 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

Full-day Workshops will run from 9.15am - 4.15pm.

Half-day Workshop will run from 9.15am - 1pm.

There will be short breaks through the day and a lunch break of 45 minutes included for full-day workshops. 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 full-day workshop

€60 per half-day 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.