Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and the Journey of Grief

  • 06/06/2024
  • Online

Bereavement Workshop with Irish Hospice Foundation


Through a combination of presentation and experiential exercises this workshop will consider how mindfulness and compassion techniques can be used to resource both the bereaved and those who support them on the grief journey.

Date: Thu, 06 June 2024
Time: 09:15 – 13:00 GMT

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will:

  • be familiar with current mindfulness-based bereavement care models
  • experience how mindful and compassion practices can deepen therapeutic presence and help maintain practitioner well-being
  • learn simple practices to use with bereaved clients
  • learn how the pillars of lifestyle medicine can support the carer

Presenter Profile

Jennifer Allen and Gay Robinson are Senior Social Workers practising in an older adult mental health service. They appreciate the power and learning potential of group work and have co-facilitated carer and bereavement support programmes over the past 15 years. Jennifer and Gay have previously provided training to Alone volunteers on ‘Grief and Old Age’.

Gay has over twenty-five years of social work experience in child protection, medical and mental health settings in Ireland and New Zealand. She facilitates Anxiety, Mindfulness and Grief therapy groups. Gay is also a volunteer on an online carers group. She is currently undertaking a Professional Diploma in Positive Health. She also holds Diplomas in Counselling and Psycho-Therapy, and Family Therapy and is a mindfulness practitioner. Gay has vast experience in facilitating anxiety management and mindfulness groups.

Jennifer is a graduate of the MSc Bereavement Studies, Royal College of Surgeons and 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. Jennifer facilitates bereavement groups for older adults and carers transition groups for spouses of persons living with dementia. 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 - 1:00 pm (UTC+1)

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