Irish Hospice Foundation workshops

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Irish Hospice Foundation


Workshop on Addiction and Loss

Thursday 14th June from 9.15am – 4.15pm

Both the process of addiction and the process of recovery can be seen as having loss and grieving as central themes.  This workshop will look at the psychological dynamics common to different addictions in relation to these inevitable themes of loss and grieving, with an emphasis on how clients may be practically helped to work through their particular loss issues.

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to: describe the main criteria which define an addictive attachment; outline the losses which occur as a result of the progression of an addiction; understand the necessity for the addictive attachment to be mourned in order for healthy recovery to take place; reflect on the possible role of earlier unresolved grief issues in the genesis of an addiction, and in recovery from the addiction.


Exploring the Relationship Between Culture, Religion and Bereavement

Friday 15th June from 9.15am – 4.15pm

The workshop will explore understanding of culture and the interplay between culture and religion.  These understandings will be applied to bereavement theory and practice

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to: have a deeper understanding of the relationship between culture and religion; have a greater awareness of the cultural influences that impact on how we view bereavement in an Irish/Western context in relation to theory and practice; have an understanding of some of the components necessary for attempting to develop a culturally competent bereavement service.


Supporting Employees who are Grieving

Understanding how grief impacts on employees and how to provide support 

Thursday 21st June from 9.15am – 4.15pm

The workplace is a key part of many peoples’ lives.  Employees can be impacted by losses that they experience in their own lives (e.g. death of someone close) and by losses that can occur in the workplace (e.g. death of clients or colleagues).  Regardless of the cause, employees are impacted at work by the losses they experience.  How should the workplace respond to employees in these situations?  What should managers and colleagues say and do?  What kinds of resources and supports are available?  This workshop will address these and other questions on providing effective support to employees who are grieving.

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to understand different types of losses and how these can impact on employees, know how to provide effective support to an employee who is bereaved, understand how to create a supportive work environment for employees who are bereaved, and understand the key elements of a Workplace Bereavement Policy.

All workshops will be held at the Irish Hospice Foundation, Bereavement Education & Resource Centre, Morrison Chambers, 4th Floor, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, D02 YE06.

Fee: €100 for each workshop – includes light lunch/tea and coffee.

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