Grief when no-one has died

Many people experience grief even when no one has died. It can be brought on by a change of situation, loss of a connection, purpose or relationship. This course will benefit those who work directly with others experiencing 'non death related grief' such as those in fostering, the justice system, care based roles.

When we use the term ‘grief’ we tend to think of grief as an experience after the death of someone we are attached to. Whilst this is entirely relevant, the term ‘grief’ is in fact much wider than this, and is recognised by professionals as an experience which can be felt across a wide range of losses.

Experiences prompting non-death related grief could include: the ending of a foster relationship; redundancy, imprisonment, gender reassignment, relationship breakdown, physical changes such as dementia and stroke -  in fact it can relate to any situation where there is an ending of something which is important to us.

But how does it feel when these losses are not recognised, acknowledged, or understood by others in the same way?

What is the impact on functioning, wellbeing, and feelings of worth when our grief experience is not considered as 'a loss' by others?

In this course, delegates will:

  • Recognise what loss means to you and how that might differ to others perceptions
  • Consider how validation of grief from losses other than death, can support and resource individuals
  • Learn about activities, rituals and language that will aid healthy grieving
  • Explore self-care and activities which help maintain our own resilience when supporting others

Cruse Scotland utilises our learning content flexibly and efficiently to match your needs and we offer content across two learning environments; delivering this training either in person or online, for up to 12 delegates at a time.

All courses are delivered by one of our Training Team, who are professional trainers specialising in mental health, bereavement and trauma.

Health Warning:

As you would anticipate, the content of our courses discuss themes of death, dying and bereavement.  Before registering for our training, we encourage all participants to consider their individual wellbeing needs, particularly those who have recently been bereaved or consider themselves as actively grieving.


Online learning through video conferencing offers a time focused session of 2.5 hours, or we can provide an in-person session which explores themes and content in more depth over a day in your workplace.


Each course, whether online or in person, is priced for up to 12 delegates attending.

Public & Private Sector

  • £1,000 for an online session
  • £1,200 for in-person training

Third Sector

  • £600 for an online session
  • £800 for in-person training

To book or for further enquiries:

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us to learn more or make a

If you are based in England, Wales or Northern Ireland please contact our colleagues at Cruse Bereavement Support (Registered Charity No. 208078) or visit their website to find out about training available and how to book.

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