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Bereavement Counselling

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Bereavement Counselling to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Working with the bereaved is a very important area in counselling work.  The sense of loss, intense grief and depression that follow bereavement can be almost unbearable, and the need for counselling is often a desperate one. This course will equip you with the skills in this valuable area of counselling.


  • Lesson One
    • Attitudes Towards Death
      • Grief
      • Phases of Grief
      • The Goal of Bereavement Counselling
      • Grief Work
  • Lesson Two
    • Reactions to Grief
      • Grief and Depression
      • The Psychology of Grief
      • Management of Grief
  • Lesson Three
    • Exploring Grief in More Detail
    • Features of Grief
    • The Physical Effects
    • Stigma and Deprivation
    • Letting Go!
  • Lesson Four
    • Bereavement and the Male Client
      • Socialisation
      • Cultural Influences
      • The Psychogenesis of Grief
  • Lesson Five
    • Working with Bereaved Children
      • Blame
      • Fantasy and Reality
      • Straight-Talking
      • Sensitive Handling
      • Stages of Loss
  • Lesson Six
    • Adjusting to Violent Death / Rights of the Bereaved
      • Suicide
      • Intense Feelings
      • Reasonable Expectations
      • Bereavement Reactions
      • Denial

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration through BSY is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies.