Grief and bereavement in the community


PSA offers an online learning module for pharmacists on supporting people with their grief and bereavement. The module includes:

  • Recognising signs and symptoms
  • Defining grief disorders and identifying risk factors
  • Describing communication strategies for responding to those who are grieving
  • The contemporary evidence base for supporting grief and grief disorders
  • Referral pathways for grief support and specialist bereavement services.

Pharmacists and pharmacy assistants will often have contact with people in the first weeks and months after a loss when they return medicines or pursue their own health care. Pharmacists can support bereaved people, help identify people who may be suffering prolonged and complex grief, and provide advice for where they might go for help with grief.


Beginner to intermediate

Target audience

Primarily pharmacists but possibly also pharmacy assistants

Time to complete

2 hours


Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA)


This activity has been accredited for 2 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 2 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 4 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Registration required


Payment required

Free for members

Student support



Yes and CPD points (see comments)

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Last updated 01 March 2024