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.

Summer 2021 Funeral and Bereavement Course 

 Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation the Funeral and Bereavement course, planned for spring 2021 has been postponed to summer 2021.  The new deadline for applications is 3 May 2021.  To download an applicaiton please click here.

Course Programme

8 June 2021     Induction Session for Students and Training Ministers

15 June 2021   Session 1: Death – What is it and what does it mean in our lives?

22 June 2021   Session 2: Before the funeral

6 July 2021   Session 3: The Funeral

Practical experience in the parish

Dates for Sessions 4-7 are currently being finallised but will be in September - October 2021

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.