Course Type


Application Deadline

February 23, 2023


APPLICATION: Understanding Grief and Loss: Supporting Bereaved Community Members

Full Course Description

Understanding Grief and Loss: Supporting Bereaved Community Members is a six-session course that introduces current research about grief, loss, and resilience, along with helpful strategies for supporting bereaved people. Together, participants will learn culturally responsive and person-centered strategies for supporting people who are grieving. We will also explore how personal experiences of loss can impact our work with bereaved community members.

This virtual course will include presentations, videos, discussions, and role plays and will be highly interactive, with time for questions throughout. In order to build community, we strongly encourage participants to join and stay on camera.

Capacity in this course is limited to 30 participants to promote interaction and engagement among participants and instructors.

This course is a prerequisite for the Academy’s skills-based certificate, Principles of Grief Support.


Who is eligible?  

This course is for any staff of NYC non-profit community-based organizations, or government agencies, who deliver social services to community members in NYC. To be considered for this course:

Complete the brief application by Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 (click “Start/Enroll” in the upper right corner to begin)
Commit to attending at least 4/6 scheduled sessions
The Academy will notify you of your application status by Friday, Feb 24, 2023.


Course dates: 

Wednesdays, 11am-12:15pm

  • Session 1: 3/1/23
    • Introductions & Common Myths About Grief and Loss
  • Session 2: 3/8/23
    • Grief: Getting a Lay of the Land Through Current Research
  • Session 3: 3/15/23
    • Prolonged Grief Disorder and Identifying When a Bereaved Person Needs a Higher Level of Support
  • Session 4: 3/22/23
    • Providing Support to Bereaved People: the Nuts and Bolts
  • Session 5: 3/29/23
    • Special Topics in Grief: Grief in Children, Complicated Spiritual Grief, Grief in BIPOC Communities
  • Session 6: 4/5/23
    • Supporting the Community, Supporting Ourselves: Grief Support Groups, Bereaved Employees and Colleagues, and Our Own Grief

How to Apply:

Complete a brief application in LearnUpon by February 23, 2023