Understanding Grief and Supporting the Suicide Bereaved

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This workshop aims to provide an understanding of the grieving process and explore common grief reactions following a death by suicide.

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Caring for and supporting someone who has lost a loved one to suicide can be challenging. Many feel unable to provide adequate support and struggle to understand the depth of grief. Some have difficulty knowing, what to say or do and worry about saying the wrong thing. This workshop aims to provide an understanding of the grieving process and explore common grief reactions following a death by suicide. It will explore ways to provide adequate support and present practical strategies in responding to the bereaved.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will:

  • understand the grieving process following a death by suicide
  • understand how a death by suicide can impact the lives of the bereaved
  • explore ways to support the suicide bereaved
  • be familiar with resources and supports available to the bereaved
  • be aware of the impact of personal loss and the importance of self-care

Presenter Profiles

Bernie Carroll has extensive experience of working in the field of mental health. Initially working as a nurse in the psychiatric, general and Intellectual Disability services. Bernie worked as the HSE Regional and National Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention for over 17 years. She has a BSc in Nursing Studies from the University of Limerick and a Masters in Suicide Studies from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. She has a particular interest in education and training and has delivered suicide prevention, intervention and postvention training programmes, in a variety of settings. Bernie currently works as an external trainer with the statutory and voluntary agencies.

Breffni McGuinness is the National Bereavement Development Specialist for Workplaces with the Irish Hospice Foundation. His special interests are in workplace bereavement, hidden losses and the use of creativity in working with people who are grieving. He has published a number of articles on bereavement and has developed resources for workplaces on bereavement policies and supporting staff who are bereaved. He is a Dramatherapist and member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).

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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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