The course is for anyone interested or involved in Christian bereavement ministry. We are all at some point in our lives likely to want to offer support to a bereaved family member or friend, but may also be part of a church bereavement team visiting those we don’t know. So the course aims to equip anyone who, as a disciple of Christ, wants to know more about caring for people who have been bereaved, whether within the church or in the wider community.
However, please note that this course does not cover in detail some of the core skills required for pastoral ministry such as listening skills, discussion of praying with people and talking about God, and issues of confidentiality and good practice. These more general pastoral issues are covered in the 5-session Pastoral Ministry course which is foundational to this specific course looking at bereavement ministry. You might want or need to complete the Pastoral Ministry course before doing this more specialist course.
It is also worth noting that if you have suffered a fairly recent bereavement, it is not usually wise to offer to support other bereaved people for at least a few months, since emotions can be too strong and raw.
For more details see the information leaflet
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Find a course:
Confirmed Courses with a specific date and venue are listed under “Equipping God’s People” and can be booked online. Parishes, benefices and deaneries are encouraged to run the course locally. We can provide the facilitator’s and participants’ manuals (or send you electronic copies) and in some cases we can help you with promoting the course more widely. Please contact contact the Parish Development Office by email or ring 01727 818141.