Jess Hiles
Expert by Experience Jess Hiles

Supporting People with Learning Disabilities and Staff Teams through Loss and Bereavement – Interactive Online Workshop

A brand new ARC England online virtual training workshop in association with MacIntyre’s Dying To Talk team and featuring Expert by Experience, Jess Hiles.

How do I talk about loss and bereavement with a person I support who has a learning disability?

How do I support a person with a learning disability experiencing loss?

How do I cope with a death in my service as a staff member?

How do I work best with families when their relative has died?

Join Expert by Experience Jess Hiles, MacIntyre’s Best Practice Manager Nicola Payne and Freelance Consultant and Trainer Beth Britton for an interactive workshop looking at how to support a person with a learning disability who has/is experiencing loss and bereavement, and how to support staff teams when a person they support has died.

Nicola Payne
MacIntyre’s Best Practice Manager Nicola Payne

Throughout 2021-2022 MacIntyre ran a highly successful Dying to Talk Project and have built up a wealth of experience in talking about and understanding death, dying and bereavement. This training has been co-designed by Jess, Nicola and Beth to be informative, thought-provoking and practical to leave learners with tips and advice to implement within their services.

Virtual workshop (by Zoom)

Who is it for? 

This training would suit staff who have experienced a death within their service and are looking for information on how best to support peers, friends and family members, as well as how to cope as a staff team. You may also want to attend if you want to prepare for coping with loss and bereavement in the future.

It will be suitable for frontline staff, managers and team leaders, and provide opportunities to share your experiences as well as learning from the training team and other attendees. The training team are mindful that this is a sensitive subject, and will provide pastoral care to anyone who feels distressed during the workshop.

Beth Britton
Freelance Consultant and Trainer Beth Britton

Brief outline of content:

  • The hows and whys of breaking bad news
  • Real-world experiences of loss
  • Emotions and different types of loss
  • Coping mechanisms and support ideas
  • Stages of grief and grieving in different ways
  • Working with healthcare professionals and families
  • How staff might experience bereavement when a person in their service dies
  • Supporting staff with personal bereavement
  • Resources to help

Expected learning outcomes:

  • To know why we should talk to people with a learning disability about loss and bereavement.
  • To understand the many different examples of ‘loss’.
  • To have practical skills to support a person with a learning disability with their loss.
  • To have an awareness of grief cycles.
  • To feel confident working with other professionals.
  • To feel confident working with families who are bereaved.
  • To be able to support colleagues and teams through bereavement.

On completion of our workshop evaluation form we will be happy to issue attendees with a Certificate of Attendance.


  • £79 (ARC Members)
  • £100 (Non-members)

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In-house workshops

We also offer our workshops on an in-house basis exclusively for your organisation.  One of our expert trainers can deliver this training course online for up to 16 people per session.

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