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

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‘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

Coping with christmas when you are bereaved – Resources from the Irish Hospice Foundation

An average of 28,000 people die in Ireland each year and it is estimated that for each death ten people are directly impacted.  For the bereaved Christmas, particularly the first Christmas following the loss of a loved one can be an especially difficult time.

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement Education Resource centre has a number of information leaflets on coping with bereavement including a leaflet on ‘Coping with Christmas when you are bereaved‘ which can be downloaded from the bereaved.ie website HERE 

The leaflet includes suggested reading material for those who are bereaved over the holidays including;

  • Miller J.E., (1996) How will I get through the Holidays? 12 ideas for those whose loved one has died
  • Noel, B. (2003) Surviving Holidays, Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Wolfeld, A.D. and Smith, H.I. (1999) A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss while Others are Celebrating

These books are all available to borrow from the Thérèse Brady Library.  The bereaved.ie website also features information and advice for bereaved people and those supporting them including short videos on grief.

This short video on  Living with loss features four Irish people sharing their experiences of bereavement

Copies of the Irish Hospice Foundation leaflets are available directly from the Irish Hospice Foundation by calling 01 6793188 and queries about the  Thérèse Brady Library’s public loan facilities can be made to laura.rooneyferris@hospicefoundation.ie

New network to support bereaved children launched

Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (Picture Fennels)

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) was launched yesterday (July 24th) by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.

The network, inspired by the UK’s Childhood Bereavement Network (cbn) aims to act as a hub for  professionals and organisations working to support bereaved children and young people.

The establishment of the network follows a scoping study commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded by the Family Support Agency, conducted by Dr Kathy Mc Loughlin. The study found that while good services for bereaved children exist there are geographic gaps to be met and that professionals working in children’s bereavement support would benefit from the  facility to share knowledge and information.

Professionals interested in joining the ICBN are invited to subscribe to the ICBN blog HERE for updates and developments

For further background on the network you can listen to an interview with Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Services Manager Dr Susan Delaney HERE 

Dealing with grief in the workplace – Lunch & Learn Series

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s annual series of lunchtime seminars on handling grief in the workplace will run from February 7th until April 3rd.

The ‘lunch & learn’ series is aimed at managers, HR personnel or anyone supporting recently bereaved colleagues.

This year two new seminars; Communication Skills for Managers around Loss
and Grief and Thriving and staying healthy when working with grief and loss (self & organisational care for staff) have been included to address the wide-ranging impact of grief in the workplace. The series brochure, along with booking details is available HERE

In addition to the practical training on the day, participants will be given access to the Irish Hospice Foundation’s e-learning course to provide additional support material and an online training accompaniment to the seminar.

In further development of its guidance material on grief in the workplace, the Irish Hospice Foundation, along with Console will launch a Guide for employers on responding to suicide in the workplace’ on January 31st. The report will act as a practical resource to develop understanding and coping skills for organisations faced with the effects of suicide. Copies of the report and further information will be available on the Irish Hospice Foundation website after the official launch on the 31st.

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