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The Bereavement Support Foundation course for volunteers wishing to work with clients

The Bereavement Support Foundation Course is the national Cruse foundation course for anybody wanting to work with our clients as a bereavement support volunteer. It consists of 12 core modules focusing on the impact of bereavement and the grieving process and how listening and responding skills can be used to support clients. The duration of the course is 45hours and it is scheduled over six whole days at weekends. Participants can have their work accredited by Ascentis if they wish.

Coventry and Warwickshire Area run a Bereavement Support Foundation course every year.

The course comprises 3 days for the foundation course, an induction and skills day, an elective and safeguarding training. They usually take place over a number of Saturdays and some Sundays.  

Prospective attendees are interviewed prior to the course to discuss the work of Cruse and the course requirements. The course is not suitable for everyone, particularly if they have suffered a recent bereavement 

Should there be spaces unfilled on the course we do offer these to suitable candidates who, are not intending to work for Cruse but, who feel the course would benefit their skills in the work place.  

The charge is £400,00 for potential Cruse volunteers and £600.00 for non Cruse attendees. People receiving benefits or undergoing hardship, would be favourably considered for support if needed.

Following completion of the Bereavement Support Foundation Course, applicants are invited to apply to be a bereavement volunteer with their local branch and will be asked to attend an interview.  

For further information contact any of our branches who will pass on your details to the Training Co-Ordinator.  Alternatively email


Note:  You do not need to attend the Bereavement Support Foundation course if you would like to volunteer in other roles such as administration, fund raising.  Please see our Volunteer page for more information.


Continuing professional development

There are many different courses and training sessions available to volunteers when they are working with clients. Some sessions are compulsory (two one-day modules on 'Safeguarding' and 'Sudden and Traumatic Death') while others can be picked according to need and interest in order to further continuing professional development.


External Training 

We offer one-day workshops for organisations whose personnel may encounter bereavement and bereaved people.

We can also offer short bespoke training sessions to other voluntary groups, schools, care workers and anyone who wants to learn more about bereavement. The courses are designed to give people skills in understanding and communicating with bereaved people.

For further information contact any of our branches who will pass on your details to the Training Co-Ordinator.  Alternatively email

Cruse is an Organisational Member of BACP and works within the BACP Ethical Framework.