A grief counsellor may assist in the mourning process by allowing a person to move through the stages of grief in a relationship that is supportive and confidential.

As a grief counsellor you are able to help the person accept their loss and talk about it. If you were looking into this kind of position you will encourage them to identify and express their feelings of anger, guilt, sadness, helplessness and anxiety.

The Grief Counselling course may assist you in overcoming your own grief or it may complement your work skills if you work in a support or community based role.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Nature and Scope of Grief and Bereavement
  2. Stages of Grief
  3. Grief and Children
  4. Grief and adolescents
  5. Adjustment to Bereavement
  6. Abnormal Grief
  7. Preparing for Grief and Bereavement
  8. Future outlook and Long-term Grief
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Describe the nature and scope of grief and bereavement counselling and individuals' attitudes to grief.
  • To identify through continuing exploration, the meaning and responses of a wide range of loss situations, taking cultural variations into account.
  • To describe the different ways that children may respond to grief and to develop appropriate strategies for helping them to cope.
  • Determine the different ways that adolescents may respond to grief and to examine how these perspectives have translated into counselling practice
  • Describe the different means through which individuals are able to adjust to loss and to consider other options available to them.
  • Describe when an individual's response to grief may be considered abnormal and to discuss methods of assisting such individuals.
  • Define the different ways of preparing for grief and bereavement and to consider social, cultural and psychological perspectives.
  • Describe separation, loneliness, the effects of long-term grief and long-term counselling support strategies.