Cultural Considerations at the Time of Bereavement or Loss

  • 08 May 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Webb Room of the University Center - One University Pl, Chester, PA 19013, USA

Join us at Widener University for our upcoming Training Event on Tuesday, May 8th, 
2018, at 6 PM in the Webb Room of the University Center.

"Cultural Considerations at the Time of Bereavement or Loss"
presented by Jessica Hertzog, LSW and Heather Ousley, MSS, MS 

This session will focus on the cultural and religious needs of families who experience the loss of a newborn or child in a hospital setting. Each religion and culture is unique in coping with death, and as a social worker, it is our role to best support the family in their wishes whenever possible. Conversations that can provide anticipatory guidance and bereavement support will be shared. Families will always remember how they felt at the time of the loss. Being prepared to navigate those moments will provide confidence to the clinician.

This presentation will enhance social work knowledge around infant/child loss within the cultural norms of the African American, Hispanic and Asian cultures. We will also explore religious customs around infant loss in Jewish Orthodox, Amish/ Mennonite, Christianity/ Catholicism, Muslim and Hindu religions.

  • Understand the variety of ways families grieve the loss of a baby or child.
  • Identify at least one ritual for each of the 3 major faith backgrounds: Christian, Muslim and Judaism.
  • Identify ways for staff to best support individual faith and practices. 

This event provides two (2) CE credits.

Free event parking available.

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