Cruse Masterclasses

Taking your bereavement understanding to a new level

The Lois Tonkin and Cruse Bereavement Care Masterclass 2017 builds on our successful events of 2016, bringing this world-renowned speaker to deliver an exciting and interactive session to all those wanting to enhance their skills and practice supporting bereaved people.

Course details - ‘Growing Around Grief’: Implications for practice.

Description of and setting the ‘Growing around grief’ model in an historical and contemporary context theoretically, with particular attention to narrative, meaning-making, and ‘continuing bonds’ approaches, and how these intersect with the model.


How do the people we work with think about and go about grieving, including non-death losses?

  • Disenfranchised grief, and self disenfranchisement.
  • What are the ‘rules’ that shape the grieving people do in your setting?

What does the process of growing around grief entail?

  • What helps when people are grieving?
  • How can we support that process?
  • How can we change expectations about what ‘successful’ grieving looks like?
  • How can we work from a strengths perspective to encourage people to draw on the skills and qualities they already have, and to develop new ones?
  • How can we support growth, while honouring the grieving?

Taking a narrative approach

  • How can we develop conversations in which people are able to ‘re-story’ their losses?




Cost per course is £100 plus VAT - discounts available for previous Cruse training clients, contact for further details.

Our courses are recognised by the National Counselling Society.






Bereaved at work

We can help you develop a bereavement policy, train managers and HR staff, and ensure that your organisation can offer an appropriate and timely response to bereaved employees.


Our new Cruse Masterclass selection will be delivered by eminent bereavement specialists, supported by Cruse Bereavement Care and hosted by Dr Colin Murray Parkes.


We offer a range of bereavement awareness training at venues across the UK, and can provide tailored in-house training to meet your organisation's needs.