Bereavement in Befriending

"I enjoyed the way that the workshop was presented and felt included and listened to.
Interesting how the facilitator used group workshops as a way to describe how individuals relate to bereavement with others. Always very thought-provoking and the facilitator has a good honest and down-to-earth approach, which always keeps it interesting/engaging."

"Really beneficial to hear from other groups about how they respond to volunteers and service users who have suffered a loss."

Purpose of course

Bereavement in Befriending has been designed due to feedback and a high request from befriending services. This 2.5-hour course is designed to support both volunteers and staff with the difficulties and barriers they may face when dealing with bereavement. Though this may be a more common circumstance in older services, this course is designed to cater to all ages and projects. Information and activities present can also be used to inspire in-house bereavement training for your project. Topics covered are:

  • What is bereavement/grief?
  • Theories on understanding bereavement
  • Communication and empathy
  • Resilience
  • Death and bereavement in different cultures
  • Supporting others bereavement 
  • Loss of independence and confidence 
  • Shared experience and networking


This course content is a 66-page training toolkit and guidance on Bereavement. This resource provides information to help both organisations and volunteers, as well as training activities and facilitation guidance. During the online session, participants will discuss what information and activities can be of use during staff and/or volunteer training, as well as information that can support someone during a loss. The reflective online workshop allows the opportunity to share knowledge and learning, share guidance and experience, compare policies and procedures, and ask any questions you may have.

Duration and Time Commitment

You will be sent the resource after the interactive workshop. The only fixed time is the Zoom webinar (Monday 20th May, 12:30pm - 3pm) where attendance is mandatory to gain access to the resource.

During the session, a free and optional follow-up 1-hour Zoom session will be proposed for the class. This will be offered two to three weeks after the initial event to allow participants the opportunity to review the training resources and come back online to ask any questions or to seek help. 


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Price for members of Befriending Networks: £70
Price for non-members of Befriending Networks: £95




*Please note: we understand that circumstances may require a change of training dates. We allow you to defer once when we are given notice of at least 48hours before the start date. After this time, it is seen as a non-refundable cancellation. Please do check your diaries before committing to any dates.