Course Content:

Supporting people through grief is possibly one of the hardest things we do in ministry. Grief affects different people in varied ways and often we feel ill equipped to support those who are experiencing bereavement in a diverse range of circumstances. Sometimes the death is expected, other times unexpected and can occur at any stage of life. Bereavement offers us the opportunity to walk with members of our corps, centres and communities in their pain. This course is designed to help us to understand the symptoms of grief and some of the steps that we can take to help others through the process. It will encourage us to identify and sharpen abilities and gifts that we already possess as well as develop new skills and resources to enhance this vitally important aspect of ministry that is both a privilege and responsibility.

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Who Should Apply?

This course is open to all those who have a pastoral role with the bereaved. The level 2 programme assumes some previous practical experience and offers teaching that deals with a range of topics concerning bereavement in diverse circumstances. This course aims to equip you to give pastoral care with more understanding but is not designed to make you a bereavement counsellor.

Please note that attendance is not recommended within 12 months of a significant personal bereavement.

A commitment to attend the entire programme is vital to ensure the full benefit of the course.

Venue & Dates

Please note that this event has been postponed

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, delegates should be able to:

  • Identify some issues surrounding bereavement and loss
  • Comprehend specific differences between expected and unexpected death
  • Develop a knowledge base of bereavement issues using recent research and practice in the field
  • Know where to access secular and faith-based resources for the pastor of the bereaved and the bereaved themselves
  • Understand some models and theories of bereavement


Jennie McCombe and visiting specialist speakers

Learning Hours:

22 hours

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