The Journey of Life and Loss for Residents in Nursing Homes  

  • 10/07/2024
  • Online

Supporting residents with grief and loss as they live and die in nursing homes can be difficult for staff. Bereavement and loss are common experiences for older adults and can have a pervasive impact on health and well-being. The Journey of Life and Loss for Residents in Nursing Homes will consider losses from the time a person chooses to live in a nursing home up to their death and the death of fellow residents. The lived experience from staff in a nursing home will be presented along with the role of arts and creativity in supporting grief and loss in residential care settings.  

Learning Outcomes 

On completion of the workshop participants will: 

  • Identify some of the loses that residents living in nursing homes might experience such as their loss of role, home, spousal relationship, close family loss and anticipatory grief 
  • Outline the grieving process and some key factors impacting residents living in nursing homes 
  • Recognise how these losses can impact the resident on many levels, not just emotionally 
  • Identify key risk factors and protective factors in bereavement for resident living in nursing homes 
  • Describe some ways nursing home staff can support a resident who is grieving 
  • Outline key indicators that nursing home staff may observe which may indicate that a resident may need additional support  
  • Have familiarity with the roles of arts and creativity in addressing the multiple areas of grief and loss in residential care 
  • Be able to access further knowledge and expertise from Irish sector leadership on arts and creativity in residential settings  

Who is this for?

This online network is open to all nursing home staff from HCA, Nurses, DONs/ADONs, catering, household, pastoral care, chaplaincy, admin, reception, GP’s, social workers, physiotherapist, and OT.

1.5 CEU’s with NMBI

This is a free online network, but booking is required.
This event will take place on Zoom. The link to join will be sent via email the week of the event.

Find a suite of resources, including access to IHF’s Bereavement Hub on our Participant Resources page.

Steps When Registering:

  • Register your details with us via the ticketing system
  • You will be sent a confirmation email as proof of registration
  • The link to the event will be sent to you the week of the event.
  • If you have any issues, contact us [email protected]


Catherine Tierney
Catherine Tierney is an accredited Psychotherapist and is Bereavement Clinical Manager in Irish Hospice Foundation.  She manages the freephone Bereavement Support Line and delivers clinical training on grief and loss. 

Dominic Campbell
Dominic Campbell is a cultural producer interested in the effects on society of creativity and ageing at scale. He works from the Irish Republic, on long term strategies to align our understanding of aging with contemporary experience. Formerly lead at St Patrick’s Festival, and Bealtaine Festival. A Global Brain Health and Atlantic Fellow. Co-founder of Creative Aging International,, and Creative Brain Week. Started Irish Hospice Foundation’s Arts and Cultural Engagement programme during the pandemic and continues to shape its direction.

Ann Marie Murphy
Ann Marie’s background in nursing spans 30 years working in Palliative Care and Older Persons Services. Throughout her career, she has always been patient-focused and has had a strong belief in compassionate care, cultivating an environment of open communication. Currently, Ann Marie is the Interim Caru National Programme Manager.

  • Time : 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (UTC+1)


The Journey of Life and Loss for Residents in Nursing Homes
[Note: This event will be held on zoom. Attendee will get zoom meeting URL through email]