Places are still available for the workshop on ‘Emergency Frontline Staff Dealing with Bereaved Families’.  Details below.  I would be grateful if you would bring it to the attention of anyone you think may be interested.


Date                                                                Time                           Presenter

Friday, 9th March 2018                                  9.15am – 4.15pm        Adrian O’Grady


Loss is an inevitable part of the emergency frontline life. Handling the communication and supporting the grieving at this tragic time is a difficult task that many shy away from due to lack of training and understanding. Turning from a traumatic scene to holding a family member’s hand is a difficult task which requires great skill. This workshop sets out to equip emergency frontline staff with the skills, knowledge and best practice around grief, loss and managing traumatic stress.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • define the terms grief, bereavement and mourning;
  • differentiate between bereavement and trauma theories;
  • understand grief and trauma reactions;
  • understand coping skills and strategies for resolving grief;
  • communicate clearly with the bereaved;
  • prepare for the rare situations of sudden grief;
  • support bereaved and traumatised people;
  • recognise our own self-care requirements at traumatic scenes.

Presenter Profile

Adrian O’Grady is a Station Officer with Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service. He has 22 years of experience working as a Firefighter, Paramedic and Officer. He is a qualified Psychotherapist (MIACP), and is the director of the CISM team in Dublin Fire Brigade, providing crisis intervention, individual and group support and counselling to members of the Brigade and the public. He holds a MSc. in Bereavement studies and has trained as a complicated grief therapist with the IHF. He is a tutor in Paramedic Studies, and in Individual and Group Crisis Intervention with ICISF. He is a steering committee member of CISM Network Ireland.


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