Working with Loss Course – Taster Event

Event Details

This course will give you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to support people who are facing or have been bereaved. The course enables students to develop their understanding of grief and the different approaches and interventions which will be required to provide support. There will be an opportunity for students to consider the impact of death and bereavement on a family unit as well as for adults, children and young people as individuals.

The course is delivered by members of the Family Support and Bereavement team at St Giles Hospice. It includes the opportunity for you to spend some time in a practice setting, if you do not have access to a setting where you can practice and implement your learning.

The course will develop your self-awareness and facilitate you becoming a reflective practitioner. There will be a requirement for some self-disclosure and a willingness to work with and share your own experiences of loss. The course is delivered as a learning experience and is not designed to be ‘therapeutic’. Those who are currently facing or have recently been bereaved should give careful consideration as to the requirements of the course and whether this is the right time for them to be engaging in such learning – if you have any concerns please speak to one of the tutors.

The course cost is £225 plus any additional cost which will be incurred if there is an opportunity to apply for the work to lead to a recognized qualification (previous cost with city and Guilds £405 for 2 qualifications). The cost can be paid in 3 monthly instalments, a longer payment scheme may be available if required.

There will be a requirement to successfully complete a workbook and to be observed and receive feedback of interactions in practice with a client.

People choose to study on this course for a variety of reasons, it may be for your own professional development, it may be that you are interesting in a volunteering role or it may just be an area of interest. We consider this to be the basic level of training for anyone who is considering volunteering at St Giles, wishing to work as part of the Family Support and Bereavement team. Successful completion of the course does not automatically guarantee a volunteering role, this is dependent on the Hospice’s formal recruitment processes.

There is an opportunity for those who are successful in their application to volunteer at St Giles to be reimbursed for some of the cost of the course (further details will be provided).

Course dates:

13th September:               09:30 – 16:30                     14th September:              09:30 – 16:30

17th September:               18:00 – 21:00                     28th September:              09:30 – 16:30

8th October:                  18:00 – 21:00                     1st November:                09:30 – 16:30

2nd November:                 09:30 – 16:30                     19th November:               18:00 – 21:00

26th November:               18:00 – 21:00


Please book on to one of our taster sessions to get more information or email Deborah Banks,


Bookings are no longer available for this event.

Cancellation policy

St Giles Hospice accepts firm bookings through the St Giles Hospice website. In making such bookings clients accept our bookings and cancellation policy.

  • Cancellation fees – the following charges apply ;
    ◦11-31 days = 50% of the course fee
    ◦1-10 days = 100% of the course fee
  • Name substitutions can be made at any time before the course without incurring a penalty.
  • St Giles Hospice does not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties. Please note that for administration purposes your details will be held on our mailing lists and we may use the information to send you details of our courses. If you do not wish to receive further information from us please advise us.
  • St Giles Hospice reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient bookings have been received. Delegates will be offered a full refund of the course fee.
  • St Giles Hospice reserves the right to make changes to the programme.
  • St Giles Hospice reserves the right to refuse any booking.