Life-limiting illness and pre-bereavement work

Course ID: 274

Suitable for: Macmillan Professionals

Duration: 1 day
Format: Face-to-Face
Level: Foundation
Focusing on core knowledge and skills, and looking at how to apply some of the learning in your workplace.

Palliative and end-of-life care
When your role involves supporting people towards the end of their lives and their families, it's crucial that you receive the support you need too - and our palliative care courses can help.

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Enable families to communicate, answer children's difficult questions, create memories and make arrangements such as funerals.

Course objectives

Finding out and living with the knowledge that a close family member is going to die is never easy. Some families find it so difficult that they avoid the subject altogether. This training day focuses on practical ways to support families facing the death of a family member.

This course takes into account the common core competencies and principles for those in health and social care working with adults at end of life (End of Life Care Strategy, Department of Health 2008).

  • Develop an understanding of the issues around life-threatening illnesses, and how a dying parent and their family can be supported through appropriate language and clear communication.
  • Appreciate the needs of children in understanding what is happening.
  • Develop communication skills appropriate to the age of children.
  • Become self-aware of the personal impact when working with families facing death.
  • Generate a range of practical ideas to support a person who is dying, such as creating memory boxes, letters and other messages to be opened on special occasions in the future.

Course Audience

Any Macmillan professional with limited bereavement training. Professionals should only attend this course if they did not attend 'Supporting and working with bereaved children and young people' in 2015.


Winston's Wish is the UK's leading childhood bereavement charity and has worked with thousands of bereaved children, young people and families. They want to share their experience and expertise to support others whose work brings them into contact with bereaved children and the adults who care for them.

Request your place

This course is only available to Macmillan Professionals.

Although Macmillan Cancer Support will not charge for this event, please bear in mind that the charity incurs charges for cancellations and no-shows. Please seek permission to attend from your line manager or team if necessary before submitting your form.

Step 1

Select your preferred date and location for the Life-limiting illness and pre-bereavement work course.

3 courses available

Step 2

Please provide your details and any special requirements. We will contact you regarding your booking.


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