Places are still available for the workshop on ‘Dementia and Loss’.  Details below.  I would be grateful if you would bring it to the attention of anyone you think may be interested. 


Date                                                                Time                           Presenter 

Thursday, 22nd March 2018                          9.15am – 4.15pm        Breffni Mc Guinness


This workshop will explore the unique losses and grief associated with dementia and what can help both the person with the diagnosis, and their carers to cope.  It will look at the different types of losses e.g. ambiguous, anticipatory and disenfranchised, that are common with dementia.  The impact of each on the person with the diagnosis, their carers and the wider family will be examined, along with various supports and approaches that can help people to cope with these challenging losses.

Learning Outcomes 

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • understand the unique losses and consequent grief associated with dementia;
  • understand how the various losses can impact on both the person with a diagnosis of dementia, their carers and the wider family;
  • learn about 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 

Breffni McGuinness is the Training Manager with The Irish Hospice Foundation (Bereavement). His special interests are in workplace bereavement, hidden losses and the use of creativity in working with people who are grieving. He has published a number of articles on bereavement and has developed resources for workplaces on bereavement policies and supporting staff who are bereaved.  He is a Dramatherapist and member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT).


The Irish Hospice Foundation, Bereavement Education & Resource Centre, Morrison Chambers, 4th Floor, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, D02 YE06.


€100 (1-day workshop) includes light lunch/tea and coffee.

Iris Murray | Administrator, Bereavement Education Resource Centre
Irish Hospice Foundation

T: 01 6793188 DL: 01 6730047