Podcasting Grief

Grief Podcasts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grief can be tiring and though reading can help when you are grieving, sometimes you just want to sit back and listen.  Though podcasts have been around for some time (the term podcast has been around since 2004 when audio blogs began to move to itunes) they are currently experiencing a surge in popularity. The portable nature of podcasts makes them both a good way to pass the time but also a way to share in someones personal experience and insight.

With podcast production being relatively simple and their popularity rising it seems that for practically every topic there is a podcast. The experience of grieving being so personal and yet universal it is unsurprising that podcasts addressing grief have begun to appear.

They range from informal discussions on personal loss to podcasts by mental health professionals discussing the difficulties of navigating grief.

Some worthy of a listen include:

Grief Cast – This podcast hosted by comedian Cariad Lloyd, whose father died when she was in her teens features conversations with other comedians about their experiences of bereavement, among them, Adam Buxton,  David Baddiel and Sara Pascoe.

What’s Your Grief Podcast – A companion to the ‘Whats your Grief’ website and resources this podcast delves into many aspects of grief and how it manifests addressing issues like; returning to work, parenting, relationships post bereavement and emotional issues.

You can find a listing of resources on understanding grief, including podcasts on the Bereavement Subject Guide developed by the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Therese Brady Library HERE

‘Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ UK Childhood Bereavement Network Conference

logo_cbnHow can we best support grieving children across different cultural backgrounds?

This is the question addressed by the UK Childhood Bereavement Networks one day seminar ‘Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ which takes place on Thursday May 2nd at the TUC congress Centre, London.

The conference will examine the ways in which culture impacts on children’s grief  and assess the implications of culture for professionals and volunteers  supporting bereaved children and young people taking a wide ranging view examining how grief is represented in music, books, films and social media.

The conference would be beneficial to anyone working directly and indirectly supporting bereaved children in particular those working in the following settings;

  • Bereavement support services
  • adult and children’s hospices
  • palliative care teams
  • children’s and early years organisations
  • schools, colleges and education services
  • Nursing and other health and social care services
  • police and other emergency services
  • other voluntary and statutory childcare organisations
  • faith and community groups supporting bereaved people
  • researchers in death and bereavement, childhood studies, cultural studies

More information on CBN is available HERE and additional details and booking for the conference is available HERE

New guide provides framework for organisations to support employees following suicide

   ‘Breaking the Silence in the Workplace’ A Guide for Employers on Responding to Suicide in the Workplace a new publication by the Irish Hospice Foundation and Console aims to provide practical guidelines for organisations dealing with the impact of suicide. The guide was launched today with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC).  It outlines appropriate responses in four scenarios;  when an employee dies through suicide on-site,  when an employee’s suicide occurs off-site, when an employee is affected by the suicide of someone close and when a former employee dies by suicide.

Speaking at the launch David Begg of ICTU highlighted the need for workplaces to have practices in place to respond to the impact of suicide. Report authors Breffni Mc Guinness and Ciaran Austin  drew attention to the complexity and personal tragedy behind suicide bereavement  and the hope that ‘Breaking the silence’ be a support tool to enable organisations to appropriately respond to the needs of suicide bereaved employees.

The publication can be obtained from the Irish Hospice Foundation and Console or is available to download HERE

New study links bereavement and heart attack risk

It is well accepted that the mental health impact of bereavement can be significant and far-reaching.

Evidence of the physical effect of recent bereavement is also being increasingly built up. Research published last year by Buckley et al in the journal Heart, Lung & Circulation took the evidence further, highlighting changes in blood pressure post bereavement which could increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

New research published last week by Mostofsky et al in the journal Circulation presents findings of a study surveying 1,985 people following hospital admission for heart attack. Of the cohort 270 had experienced the loss of a significant person within six months of their heart attack with 19 experiencing a cardiac incident within 24 hours of the loss of their loved one.

While the findings do not suggest that grief presents an acute or common risk for cardiac incident it does highlight an increased need for vigilance in the initial weeks and months following a bereavement and the need for sustained physical and emotional support for the grieving.

Workshops in loss and bereavement 2012 brochure now avilable

 The Irish Hospice Foundation bereavement resource centre’s series of workshops on loss and bereavement will commence again on January 19th.

The workshops which address the spectrum of grief and loss are aimed at professionals and volunteers working in bereavement support and those wishing to learn more about bereavement theory and processes.

Workshops,  each of which are either one or two full day sessions run from January until late June with 23 titles being offered for the 2012 series. Topics covered range from suicide and addiction loss to communication skills for non clinical staff and creative arts in bereavement. Among the additions to the 2012 titles is ‘Grandparents grief; a complexity of losses‘ and ‘Final Journeys‘ a training input originally developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme to provide healthcare professionals with communication skills and insight to improve support and understanding around end-of-life care.

The workshops have accreditation of  two (for one day sessions) and six (for two days) CPD points from the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) and post registration category 1 from An Bord Altranis. Further details and booking enquiries can be made by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation and the full brochure can be downloaded HERE

Irish Hospice Foundation’s New Bereavement support e-learning site

Last year the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement education and training service   launched a bereavement training resource DVD titled ‘Lost for Words; words for loss‘. The content has now been developed into an e-learning module, the first module of its kind to be made available on the Irish Hospice Foundation’s new e-learning site.

The site will be officially launched by Miriam O Callaghan (who provided narration on the  Lost for words DVD) on Thursday September 29th at the Irish Hospice Foundation offices on Nassau st. More details available HERE

The new e-learning site will deliver training in bereavement theory and best practice through subscription to learning modules (additional modules are to be developed over time). The e-learning facility is particularly beneficial for organisations wishing to provide staff with introductory training in bereavement support direct to their desktops.

To mark the launch of the new site an introductory offer of €10 (the module will cost €15) is available until November 30th.  You can find out more about the e-learning module by contacting Breffni Mc Guinness, Training officer at the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01 6730074 or breffni.mcguinness@hospice-foundation.ie or you can register online for the module HERE

Bereavement resources booklet – 2011 update available to download

Therese Brady Library - Bereavement Resources booklet 2011
Last year the library compiled a booklet of bibliotherapy titles for bereaved people informed by the Irish Hospice Foundations bereavement leaflets. The booklet has now been updated and expanded to include both public and professional support material as well as information about the Therese Brady Library and QR links directed to further resource listings in the resource sections of the blog.
The professional resources section  lists recommended titles and online tools for; palliative and end-of-life care, Bereavement theory and support, self care for professional carers, working with bereaved children and bereavement in schools.
You can download the booklet in PDF format here – Bereavement resources 2011

Msc in Bereavement studies – Application deadline

The Irish Hospice Foundation/RCSI Msc in Bereavement Studies is currently open for applications.

The Msc course addresses the impact of bereavement and loss on human development and society. It is aimed at  health, education and social care professionals whose work involves the provision of bereavement support or exposes them to a significant level of loss. More details on the course are available HERE

Applications for the Msc will CLOSE ON MAY 6TH and all applications must be completed online before this date.

To apply online click HERE

Coping with christmas when you are bereaved

Christmas and other holidays can be an especially difficult time for those who are bereaved, particularly if it is the first year following the loss of a loved one.

The Irish Hospice Foundations series of bereavement leaflets includes a leaflet offering some advice for bereaved people on  getting through the holiday period. ‘Coping with christmas when you are bereaved‘, along with the other bereavement leaflets can be accessed on the Irish Hospice Foundation website HERE and print copies of this and other leaflets are available free of charge by contacting the Irish Hospice Foundation on  01 6793188 or emailing info@hospice-foundation.ie

The leaflet features some suggested reading material offering advice on adjusting to holidays following bereavement, all of which are available to borrow from the Therese Brady Library. Details of these and all other suggested titles are available in the bereavement bibliotherapy booklet which can be downloaded  HERE

You can also watch THIS short video from the Irish Hospice Foundation in which Dr Susan Delaney offers some advise on getting through christmas following a bereavement.

THIS information sheet from the UK Childrens Bereavement charity is also a useful source of advice for children and young people facing christmas following a loss.