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Spirituality and the Grieving Process

2.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the grieving process and explore the types of grief reactions, which include acute, chronic, anticipatory, disenfranchised, and dysfunctional grief. The goals of grief counseling and the elements of healing will also be described.
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Dealing with loss and grief is one of the great spiritual challenges of life. Individuals experience grief differently, depending on their inner resources, support, and relationships. Grief is subjective and can have psychological, social, and spiritual responses. Although cultural expressions of grief may vary, the deep sense of loss and sorrow is almost universal.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the grieving process.
  • Identify types of grief responses.
  • Describe the spiritual dimensions of grief.
  • Describe cultural differences in response to grief.
  • Identify the goals of grief counseling and the elements of healing.

Loss and grief are a normal part of the human experience and can result from many types of life transitions. These can include the loss of a loved one, the ending of a relationship, loss of a job, diagnosis of a terminal illness, or move to a new home. Spirituality is an integral part of loss and the grieving experience because during these times individuals often raise questions that are spiritual in nature, such as, “Why did this happen to me?” or “Why did God (Spirit) take my loved one?”

Loss can precipitate a grief reaction that may incapacitate an individual, or the event may become a catalyst for personal growth. A healthy response to loss and death is achieved when an individual attains a balance between his or her physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual self.

Spiritual and religious beliefs can help people make sense of their lives, and the spiritual support of others can assist them through the dying experience.


All people experience grief differently, depending on their inner resources, support systems, and relationships (Olson & Keegan, 2013; WebMD, 2017). Individuals deal with many emotions during the grieving process. They struggle with spiritual issues and concerns, such as examining the meaning of experience, readjusting to life without the person who has died, and adjusting to the reality of the death (Doka & Davidson, 2001).

A common question is how long does grief last? The answer is it lasts as long as it lasts.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors


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Course Expires:

February 01, 2023

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.