Funeral and Bereavement Training

White flowers on a white surfaceThe Funeral and Bereavement course is open to ALM Pastoral Assistants, ALM Worship Leaders and to Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers. Training consists of an induction evening with training ministers, 6 x (2 hour) sessions and a period of in-parish experience of funerals and bereavement visiting. The course requires a commitment from the incumbent / training minister to oversee and evaluate the student’s progress and readiness for participation in funeral ministry, as well as supporting the student through the course.

Autumn 2020 Funeral and Bereavement Course - Postponed until March 2021

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the decision has been taken to postpone the start of the Funeral Bereavement course from September 2020 to March 2021. If you would like to register an interest in this course please contact Marianne Hambrook at 

Course Programme

Induction Session for Students and Training Ministers

Session 1: Death – What is it and what does it mean in our lives?

Session 2: Before the funeral

Session 3: The Funeral

Practical experience in the parish

Session 4: Reflection on parish experience

Session 5: Resources for funerals

Session 6: Mourning and grief

Please note that this course will run, subject to a viable number of students signing up.