Dementia and Loss

  • 13/06/2024
  • Online

Bereavement Workshop with Irish Hospice Foundation


Grief has been described as a hidden yet constant companion of dementia. This workshop will explore the unique losses and grief associated with dementia and what can help both the person living with dementia, their family, and carers to cope. Ambiguous loss, anticipatory loss, and disenfranchised grief, which are commonly encountered as part of the dementia experience and the impact of each on the person living with dementia, their family, and carers will be examined. Various supports and approaches that can help people to cope with these challenging losses will also be considered. The workshop will be experiential in nature using multi-media, group work techniques and mindfulness.

Date: Thu, 13 June 2024
Time: 09:15 – 16:15 GMT

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will:

  • understand the unique losses and consequent grief associated with dementia
  • understand how the various losses can impact on both the person living with dementia and their family
  • feel more comfortable and confident in supporting people in this context
  • be more aware of practical approaches and supports that can help people to cope with the different types of losses associated with dementia
  • understand the importance of self-care when working with or supporting someone with dementia

Presenter Profile

Jennifer Allen is a Senior Social Worker practising in an older adult mental health service. She appreciates the power and learning potential of group work and has co-facilitated carer and bereavement support programmes over the past decade. Jennifer has also developed and facilitates a Carers Transition Group for spouses of people living with dementia who are on the cusp of moving to long-term care. Jennifer is a graduate of the MSc Bereavement Studies, Royal College of Surgeons and post-completion has provided input to students on both ‘grief and dementia’ and ‘grief in old age’. Jennifer is currently undertaking doctoral research in University College Dublin, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, in advance care planning in older persons mental health. She is also a mindfulness practitioner. She has also facilitated seminars on ‘Grief in later life’ for the South Dublin Bereavement Network, Cruse Bereavement UK, and other voluntary organisations.

To register for this event, please do so on Irish Hospice Foundation’s website or their Eventbrite.

  • Time : 9:15 am - 4:15 pm (UTC+1)