Education and workshops for professionals


Education and workshops

As a professional, how prepared are you to support a family experiencing a pregnancy or infant loss?

The experience of pregnancy or infant loss can be devastating for all involved, and PAIL Network can help you understand the best ways to help families navigate through this difficult time. You can’t take the pain away, but by knowing what to say, what not to say, and what to do can help you provide compassionate, sensitive and skilled care.

Compassionate Care Workshops

PAIL Network’s Compassionate Care Workshop is a one-day educational session for professionals who support bereaved parents and families during the loss of their pregnancy or infant.  The workshop is evidence-based, incorporating Canadian and international research literature and expert source material.

With experience and knowledge, professionals may become aware of their own feelings and become equipped to provide compassionate and skilled bereavement care to families. The course is 7.5 hours of CE credits.

Compassionate Care Workshop learning objectives

  • •Identify the unique care needs of families experiencing pregnancy loss, stillbirth and infant loss
  • Summarize adaptable and innovative strategies for implementing person and family-centred supports for this population
  • Describe recent provincial legislation on care of this population and implications for pregnancy and infant loss in Ontario
  • •List available resources for families and care providers
  • Apply strategies on ‘Caring for the Caregiver’

Topics include

  • Early and late pregnancy loss, stillbirth, infant death
  • Medical termination of pregnancy
  • Grief, attachment, and communication theories
  • Memory making
  • Family-centred care and supports
  • Existing resources
  • Pregnancy after loss
  • Compassion fatigue and caring for the caregiver
  • Family experiences (parent panel or stories)
  • Clinical case scenarios (group discussion)

Registrants leave with

  • Practical skills, tools and techniques to support bereaved parents and families
  • PAIL Network published booklets and guides for bereaved parents and families

Who should attend?

Professionals who provide care, services, or support to families during and after perinatal bereavement and loss. These areas may include:

  • maternal health
  • prenatal, antepartum, delivery suite, and postpartum care
  • neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • emergency room
  • day surgery, operating room, and post-anesthetic care unit (PACU)
  • ultrasound
  • perinatal hospice
  • prenatal education
  • public or community health
  • spiritual care
  • social work
  • family practice
  • obstetrics and gynecology
  • mental health
  • midwifery
  • funeral services
  • EMS
  • police and victim services

Attend a workshop

If you are interested in hosting or attending a PAIL Network Compassionate Care Workshop please contact