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This course is accredited with Level 1: 2 Ethics CEUs and 2 General CEUs (4 in total) from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA)

About the course

It’s natural to want to protect children when someone they love dies; however, we need to talk to children to help them feel safer and more in control. The best thing to do is to provide them with honest, age-appropriate information about death. It’s painful to see a child upset, but children cope better with sad news when they are told the truth. Helping children understand death and grief will vary depending on the child’s age and developmental stage.

This course was originally created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic but has since been revamped and updated and is offered as a free course to anyone who wishes to learn how to support children who are grieving due to the loss of a loved one or who may have experienced multiple losses due to a tragic event.

This course covers the following key elements:

  • Define the terms loss, grief, mourning and bereavement
  • Understand how children will experience secondary and cumulative losses when a loved one dies
  • Differentiate between the different types of grief
  • Understand the ways in which children grieve
  • Describe the grief reactions children and adolescent’s display
  • Describe how children understand death and dying
  • Know how to discuss death with a child
  • Know how to support children who are grieving

Why take the course?

Dr Welly Den Hollander, a medical social worker and Narrative Therapist, has reviewed the course and this is what she had to say: 
“I would recommend this informative and relevant course to family members, grieving communities and bereavement counsellors. The course describes the realities of children and teens who grieve a loved one during COVID-19. The information is comprehensive, practical, and needed in a time that many of our children experience losses to their lives.”

Dr Welly den Hollander 
Medical Social Worker and Narrative Therapist