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Churches and bereavement support

Many people are in contact with a church soon after they have been bereaved – even if they are not regular churchgoers. Churches are usually able to support bereaved people well before and immediately after the funeral – but sometimes do not have the time, resources or skills to help them in the weeks and months afterwards. We’ve therefore developed Bereavement Care Awareness to help and equip churches to support those in their community who are coping with the heartache of the death of a loved one.

Bereavement Care Awareness aims

To develop knowledge, skills and understanding of how churches can be involved in providing appropriate levels of on-going support, after the funeral, for people who have been bereaved following the death of a close family member or friend.

Bereavement Care Awareness learning outcomes

On completion of this training you will:

  • Gain basic information of the impact bereavement has in people’s lives and the different ways in which individuals commonly respond.
  • Have had the opportunity to reflect on your own experience of bereavement.
  • Be able to identify the basic needs of bereaved people.
  • Be able to identify key factors in providing effective support.
  • Be able to identify the skills, structure and safeguards, needed to provide appropriate levels of support to bereaved people within the context and boundaries of what might be possible within your church.
  • Know the questions to be addressed in considering whether it is appropriate for you/your church to develop or be involved in supporting bereaved people.
  • Gain information on models of bereavement support that churches can provide.
  • Gain information on the range and types of bereavement support services available locally and nationally to be able to signpost bereaved people to them.