Staff at a care home in Darlington have recently completed a course of bereavement training, to help them know what to say and do when a person has lost a loved one.
The course, which featured a number of different learning techniques including role play, was taken by nine members of staff from the North Park Care Home. Each received a certificate for completing the course.
The course was carried out by Saint and Forster Funeral Directors Ltd, who are working in conjunction with the Society of Bereavement practitioners to help health and social care workers and doctors in Darlington, to interact sensitively with the recently bereaved.
The director of Saint and Forster, Keith Munt, stressed the importance of bereavement and loss training for care workers:
“It is extremely important to know what to say and what not to say to people who find themselves in the distressing situation of dealing with the death of a loved one. An inappropriate word or approach, however well-meant, can be very upsetting.”
This particular course has been put on just in Darlington, but care home workers in other regions all over the country can get the same or possibly more advanced training as part of health and social care courses run by training companies specialising in this field.