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What Sources of Bereavement Support Are Perceived Helpful by Bereaved People and Why? Empirical Evidence for the Compassionate Communities Approach

About the Course:

This article reports the findings of an Australian population-based cross-sectional investigation of bereavement experiences. The palliative community recommends the development of a compassionate community approach. The aim of this article is to determine who provides bereavement support in the community, what sources are perceived to be the most or least helpful and for what reason, and to identify the empirical elements for optimal support. Key words: Compassionate community; bereavement support; palliative care; end-of-life; public health; social support; capacity building

This course is based on the article, What sources of bereavement support are perceived helpful by bereaved people and why? Empirical evidence for the compassionate communities approach created by Samar M Aoun, PhD., et al. in 2018.

Publication Date:

Palliative Medicine 2018, Vol. 32(8) 1378–1388 2018

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Samar M Aoun, PhD.
Dr. Aoun is a Professor of Palliative Care at La Trobe University. She has published more than 100 articles in peer reviewed journals and many of those articles cover end of life issues and bereavement.
Lauren J. Breen, PhD.
Dr. Breen is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University and an Associate professor at Curtin University. She has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Breen developed workshops for emergency services personnel on grief, trauma, and self-care and is an Associate Editor of Death Studies, a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement, and a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.
Ishta White
School of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia

Course Creator

Barbara F. McMillan, LPC
Barbara McMillan, BA, MS, EdD, LPC has 35 years of experience as a therapist, clinical director, and administrator in mental health and substance abuse programs. She holds degrees in psychology and education, and has been a licensed professional counselor and supervising counselor for many years. After 18 years in various roles in private and public mental health settings, she became a full-time college psychology and sociology instructor.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. The content is at a beginner's level.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. List sources of support for bereaved individual.
  2. Describe reasons for perceived helpfulness or unhelpfulness of support providers.
  3. Describe a compassionate community.

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Course Number 102747
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