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Resources for professionals

When a patient dies or when we work with grieiving families, we may struggle to find the right words. It can be complicated because we are faced with the family's feelings, as well as our own.  Ultimately, there is no singular 'right thing' to say or do when working with bereaved families because grief is so individual. However, on this page you will find some resources and information that can serve as helpful guides as you navigate grief in your role.

Upcoming training events


Grief is not uncommon in obstetric and gynecological healthcare settings. Although these grief experiences may not all be the same, they are all valid. In this webinar, we will discuss the grief that families experience and facilitate the application of this understanding when providing healthcare to families in obstetrics and gynecology.

Our courses

The Grief-Sensitive Healthcare Project designs and delivers trainings, workshops, and panels for healthcare professionals across the United States, equipping them with knowledge and skills so they may provide high-quality and sensitive care to grieving families. 

Our courses are delivered online by members of the Grief-Sensitive Healthcare Project team. The majority of courses are 60-90 minutes and include interactive and reflective opportunities. If you have a number of people requiring training, we are happy to arrange a course specifically for your organization, either online or in person.

Latest blog posts

Dr. Paola Ayora is board certified in General Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. In this blog, she describes her experience working with grieving patients, families, and colleagues, and how this influenced her decision to pursue additional training in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry.

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Grief in the news

As hard (and painful) as it can be to answer questions about the death of a loved one, it’s an important way that toddlers cope with grief and death and cam help them develop an understanding of what has happened.

As a parent, there will come a time when you will have to have serious talks with your children. No one ever prepares you for these discussions, and if there’s a manual out there I haven’t found it yet. These talks are pretty normal, and as a mom of four I knew they were bound to happen. But what I didn’t know was that one day I would be telling my kids I had mesothelioma cancer.