Bereavement Training: Grief and Loss Support in Your Organisation

All of our bereavement courses for professionals (regardless of seniority) are developed in consultation with your organisation to meet your specific learning objectives. Delivery can be online if you have multiple sites/remote employees or face-to-face.

Course length is flexible (from 1 hour to 1 day) as are numbers attending, depending on your preferred content and delivery method. We do not do ‘off the peg’ training but always work with you to design training that works for you.

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Are you an individual seeking training? Check our bereavement training for individuals.

Help employees, customers and volunteers with grief and loss

NBS has many years of experience supporting organisations to communicate and manage grieving employees, customers and volunteers. Our training shares that experience and is unique in explaining both the emotional and practical aspects of bereavement and the interplay between them. Our expertise includes all the countries in the UK.

Bereavement will affect most people during their lifetime, but many people don’t know what to do when someone dies. Our bereavement courses for professionals equip staff with the skills to help manage their own experience of grief together with understanding the practical aspects of bereavement.

The experience of covid has resulted in many employers better understanding the need to support bereaved employees together with the need to equip them to respond to customers/clients empathetically in a way that is appropriate to the business to client relationship.

Whether you want to better support your own teams, during their bereavement leave and during their return to work period, or enhance the skills and resilience of your staff who have conversations with bereaved people, NBS can help. The foundations for all our courses are understanding the experience of grief and communicating better with bereaved people.

Who we provide training for

Any organisation wanting to enhance their care for bereaved employees or volunteers, especially during their bereavement leave and managing their return to work, including retail, construction, logistics, financial institutions, housing providers, leisure, residential care providers.

Any organisation who has employees or volunteers who are carers (Planning ahead as a Carer).

Any organisation with staff who have sensitive conversations with bereaved people including:

  • Charities supporting bereaved people in the community
  • NHS primary care providers, including social prescribers, wanting to better understand how to support bereaved people
  • NHS secondary/tertiary health care providers wanting to better understand bereavement, including conversations about referral to the coroner and post-mortem examinations
  • Financial, insurance and legal organisations who have sensitive conversations with bereaved people about how to access funds and probate or debt
  • Probate researchers, i.e. genealogists who help trace missing beneficiaries and heirs of unclaimed estates
  • Any organisation that encounters people in bereavement crisis circumstances e.g. emergency services, transport providers, vehicle recovery services, travel companies

If your organisation is not on this list, contact us anyway as we’re always pleased to learn about new contexts and to explore new ways of achieving our ultimate goal of enhancing knowledge of and the resilience to cope with bereavement in the community as a whole.

If we cannot provide training, we may be able to signpost you to a more appropriate organisation, counselling service or charity.

How training works

All of our bereavement education over 90 minutes in length will be broken up into at least 2 sessions. We combine presentations with interactive workshops and are very comfortable sharing the leading of a workshop with your own staff.

We love teaching about bereavement and seeing the confidence of our course participants grow. Their engagement as employees is increased with the knowledge that their organisation is investing in becoming a more compassionate and supportive place of work.

Participants we have trained can prepare for and cope better with their own experiences of grief. We cannot mitigate the pain following the death of someone we care for, but we can prevent the panic that might arise through not knowing what to do next.

The education delivered is always reinforced with copies of any presentations, appropriate handouts, and has the option of recording for any online session. The cost of our training is competitive and will depend on the type of organisation you are, the length of the training and the number of participants.

Speak to our team today and let us know what you need or see an example overview of bereavement training delivered previously.

Training overview example

Bereavement & Grief

Introduction to the work of the National Bereavement Service

Would it be helpful to be able to refer your service users to National Bereavement Service for information and signposting on both practical and emotional bereavement issues? This session (minimum 30 minutes) will help you understand who we are and how we can extend the support you give to bereaved people.

20-60 mins

What do bereaved people have to do and how it feels

Includes an overview of the practical tasks facing bereaved people and the impact these tasks have together with an introduction to the experience and emotions of grief (minimum 60 minutes)

90-120 minutes with a short break

Step by Step – what to do when someone dies

Understanding the detail of all the practical tasks that need to be done after someone has died and the order in which they can be achieved (minimum 60 minutes) Includes who has to be informed about the death and the best ways to do this and an introduction to probate/dealing with the estate.

60-90 minutes

The Experience of Grief

This course focuses on the lived experience of grief and how it feels. Includes an overview of the main models and theories of bereavement to enable you to do your own further reading (minimum 60 minutes).

60-90 minutes

Communicating with Bereaved People as Part of Your Job

How do you communicate with bereaved people with empathy but also effectively to achieve what your caller and your organisation need from the conversation? What can I say and what should I never say? (Minimum 60 minutes but we recommend at least 90 minutes).

60-120 minutes with a short break

Understanding Probate

What is probate and why is it needed? What difference does it make if someone has made a will? We introduce you to the essentials of dealing with the estate of someone who has died (minimum 60 minutes).

40-90 minutes

How Do we Support Someone Who is Bereaved at Work? Both Immediately After the Death and for the Longer Term.

Understand what you can do as an organisation to help your bereaved colleagues feel respected, cared for and able to return to work after a bereavement.

40-90 minutes


We also offer a range of online training sessions on legal and financial and emotional wellbeing topics in partnership with Adroit Legal Services:

Why You Should make a Will

It is easy to put off making a Will – this session explains why it is important and how it can protect your family if you are no longer here to care for them.


The Importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

This session covers why you need a Power of Attorney, common misconceptions and what happens if you don’t have them.


Residential Conveyancing

This session explains the many types of matters a conveyancer can deal with and the importance of engaging with a reputable, trustworthy, and proactive firm.  We also cover FAQs, such as how long does a property transaction take, and why, as well as taking you through the conveyancing process.


Family Law

This session discusses everything ‘family’, including divorce and finances, children (including types of court orders, no order principle, the role of CAFCASS, and parental responsibility), family agreements (pre and post nuptial and cohabitation agreements), and domestic abuse (harassment and the police, non-molestation order, occupation order).


Funeral Plans Explained

This session explains what a funeral plan is and the different options, the key benefits of taking out a plan, and the important points to consider before purchasing.


Protecting your Property and Money

This is a longer more in-depth session explaining ways to protect your property and money including the benefit of lifetime trusts to protect your wealth, avoid probate, and help reduce inheritance tax.


An Invitation to Care

A webinar for working carers as well as those with older family members in need.
From the practical and financial support available for those caring for another, to the important first steps to take in respect of navigating the needs of an older family member in need of care, this webinar will provide an overview of some of the key things you need to know


Self-harm/Suicide Prevention Education

For employers and organisations who would like to support those who may deal with customers, colleagues or family members who are self-harming or may be having thoughts of self-harm or suicide.