Certificate in Bereavement Ministry


Cliff College is delighted to be running this short course Certificate in Bereavement Ministry in partnership with AtaLoss.org, a charitable movement of people across the UK providing training and services in bereavement support.

Bereavement Ministry Certificate

This short course Certificate seeks to equip Christians and church leaders to effectively support the bereaved in healthy grieving, as well as explore what is proving to be a key opportunity for outreach. The course is led by Canon Yvonne Richmond Tulloch, the Founder of AtaLoss.org, along with qualified counsellors from the AtaLoss.org team.

Loss is part of life but how confident do you feel in supporting someone who has suffered a bereavement? The loss of someone close can create enormous problems and challenges, potentially leaving the bereaved person floundering, feeling isolated and at risk of poor mental health.

This short course is delivered via lectures and seminars with practical as well as theoretical applications. It aims to enable new learning and provide the student with skills and resources for individual bereavement care or church-based bereavement ministry.

Subject areas include:

  • death in society and the Church
  • loss and the journey of grief
  • the Impact of Bereavement
  • bereavement reactions and consequences
  • listening and communication
  • dealing with different circumstances
  • faith questions in bereavement
  • becoming a bereavement friendly church.

Participants gain a Cliff College certificate by completing the required assessment work following the teaching week. Successful course students will be invited to the Cliff College graduation ceremony. Students can choose not to do the assessment work by auditing the short course.

Thanks for the amazing course. Every session gave pause for thought & time to reflect on not only our own bereavement journey but also how we can enable others to travel what can be a 'lonely road'. Thanks too for 'giving us permission' to be ourselves! What a great group of friends we have all made to encourage each other along that path.

2019 student

‘Sooner or later, every person is affected by bereavement, and Cliff is pleased to be leading the way in this growing pastoral need and opportunity for the Church. We are really looking forward to working with AtaLoss.org on this important course, now into its third year. The pioneering work headed by Yvonne with AtaLoss.org has been on the BBC news and has received a Premier Award.’
Ian White, short course programme leader, Cliff College

Dates are being confirmed. Please contact the administrator for more information.

The cost of £450.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en-suite rooms.

Additional nights can be booked at an extra payment for those travelling a distance in readiness for the (mid-morning) Monday start.

A non-refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place on this short course and is payable on your acceptance of the place offered. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival or before.

To apply for this short course, email shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk or call Pete Anderson on 01246 584203.