Certificate in Bereavement Ministry

Loss is part of life but how confident do you feel in supporting someone who has suffered 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.

Cliff College is delighted to be running this Short Course in Bereavement Ministry in partnership with AtaLoss.org, a charitable movement of people across the UK providing training and services in bereavement support.  Led by Canon Yvonne Richmond Tulloch, the Founder of AtaLoss.org, along with qualified counsellors from the AtaLoss.org team, the week 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.

Yvonne Richmond Tulloch, Course Leader




Yvonne brings a huge wealth of expertise and experience to the course, from having been an Anglican Canon for Mission, as well as having been personally bereaved. She is passionate about supporting the bereaved and promoting bereavement care; she is Bishop’s Officer for Clergy Bereavement with Southwark Diocese, leads HTB’s (Holy Trinity, Brompton’s) ‘The Bereavement Journey’ course, supports Care For the Family in leading ‘Bereavement Care Awareness Days’ and acts as their chaplain for Widowed Young Support.



Course Details

The week is delivered via lectures and seminars with practical as well as theoretical applications, and 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


‘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; Programme Leader; Short Course Programme, Cliff College.



Students say of the Short Course certificate programme: “It was all totally invaluable and I wouldn’t change a thing.” “Informative, challenging, reflective, resourcing, encouraging, enabling and empowering.” “It will be hard to hold me back on things I will do!  I need to go back, reflect, pray, discern the next steps.  But as a ‘way of doing and being’, it’s been brilliant to take that away.”

2019 course Student testimony: ‘Thanks for the amazing course that we had last week. Every session gave pause for thought & time to reflect on not only our own bereavement journey, but 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.’

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


Cliff College Certificate in Bereavement Ministry: 15-19 June 2020

The cost of £435.00 includes all teaching materials, tutorial support, board and accommodation in single en suite rooms.

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

For booking or more details contact: shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk  / 01246 584203

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