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

Applications are now being taken for the course which will commence on 29 September at St Mary’s Church Hall, Kennington, Ashford. The course will be facilitated by Amanda Abbitt and Revd John Huggins. Click here to download an application.

Course Programme

29 September, 7pm-9pm    Induction Session for Students and Training Ministers

13 October, 7pm-9pm      Session 1: Death – What is it and what does it mean in our lives?

20 October, 7pm-9pm      Session 2: Before the funeral

10 November, 7pm-9pm     Session 3: The Funeral

November 20 – March 21   Practical experience in the parish

9 March, 7pm-9pm         Session 4: Reflection on parish experience

16 March, 7pm-9pm        Session 5: Resources for funerals

23 March, 7pm-9pm        Session 6: Mourning and grief

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