Supporting Healing from Grief and Loss in Nursing Facilities

December 13, 2023

2 – 3 p.m. EST


Grief and loss symptoms from resident death are often similar to those experienced from family or friend loss. This webinar session will provide an overview of the bereavement concerns that can arise when nursing home residents and staff experience the death of a resident. Content will review the emotional and psychological responses to loss through the five stages of grief. The discussion will further inform on postvention activities to support self-care and healing for residents and nursing home staff. 


  • List types of grief and symptoms. 
  • Define the five stages of grief and potential impacts. 
  • List strategies for self-support and healing. 
  • Identify ‘postvention’ opportunities to support nursing home staff and residents after a patient death. 

Speaker: Diana Padilla, MCPC, CARC, CASAC-T

the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.