Training: Grief Foundations for Funeral Professionals

*NEW DATE: Sat 20th October 2018, 10am-1pm, Portsoken House, 155-157 Minories, EC3N 1LJ, London. More info:

Caroline Lloyd (aka The Grief Geek) and I have developed the training ‘Grief foundations for funeral professionals’. In this training you will learn what grief is and how to support the bereaved. The training offers a mix of theory, interactive discussions and exercises. The training is aimed at professionals who work with the bereaved. You either are keen to gain (more) knowledge about bereavement support or you would like to refresh your knowledge and enhance your skills.

Why this training? 

Funeral professionals work closely with the bereaved. They support grieving families in funeral planning, the funeral, and the after care. Understanding how people grieve and how to communicate with the bereaved will help funeral professionals provide families the support and service that is right for them.


What will I learn?

This interactive and engaging course provides funeral professionals with an understanding of different types of grief and how they affect people handle loss. Participants will learn how to communicate with the bereaved and they will gain some practical tips on how to support them.

After this course you will be able to:

  • Explain what grief is and identify grief myths and platitudes
  • Apply contemporary grief models
  • Adapt your communication style to the grieving style of the bereaved
  • Apply counselling skills based on the person-centred approach of Carl Rogers
  • Discuss the importance of self care and professional supervision

What previous participants have said about the course

“Opportunity to share ideas and experience with other industry professionals.”

“Very engaging and good learning experience – thank you!”

“The grieving styles exercise was an eye-opener. It made me realise that different people need a different way of support. I will better flex my style from now onwards.”

“I feel sure I will be a better, more empathetic practitioner as a result.”

When and where?

Saturday 20th October 2018, 10.00am-1pm (tea/coffee and pastries from 9.30am), Portsoken House, 155-157 Minories, EC3N 1LJ, London. 

We are happy to facilitate all over the UK and if you live outside London and know more professionals in your area who are interested please let us know.

Costs: £55, £45 early bird (book before 1st September 2018) or £40 per person if you bring one or more colleagues. This includes refreshments, certificate of attendance and course materials. Concessions available, please contact us.

We are working on future dates, in and beyond London. Watch this space or send an email to and we will keep you informed.


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