Bereavement Counselor Job Description

A bereavement counselor is a type of professional who specializes in helping people who are grieving.

Bereavement counselors work with clients either one-on-one or in a group setting.

Some bereavement counselors have training in grief counseling and bereavement management, while others demonstrate expertise working with people who have experienced loss.

Bereavement counselors help clients cope with their grief in the following ways:

  • Providing emotional support and listening
  • Helping people identify their emotions and feelings
  • Providing information about how grief affects clients
  • Teaching clients about the meanings of loss
  • Providing information about coping strategies

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job brief

We're looking for a Bereavement Counselor to help support people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. This person will provide counseling and guidance to help people through the grieving process.

Bereavement Counselor Duties

  • Provide counseling to bereaved individuals
  • Develop and implement bereavement programs
  • Promote a nurturing environment
  • Meet with bereaved individuals, providing support and information
  • Develop relationships with community agencies
  • Develop community bereavement programs
  • Develop and coordinate community grief support programs
  • Provide consultation and training to organizations or individuals
  • Advise funeral directors and organizations on funeral policies and practices
  • Provide bereavement services to staff

Bereavement Counselor Responsibilities

  • Assist clients in coping with the emotional and spiritual aspects of loss, identifying coping strategies and meeting individual goals
  • Develop and implement individual client plans, and provide feedback to the case manager
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with clients, other professionals, and the public
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, program training, and continuing education activities
  • Perform other duties as assigned

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Requirements And Skills

  • Master’s degree in social work, mental health counseling, or a related field
  • 2+ years experience in pastoral or bereavement counseling
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of people
  • Ability to communicate well and effectively with others
  • Strong knowledge of suicide and grief issues, and excellent counseling

[Company Name] is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity and inclusion are key to building a strong team. We encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, and ages, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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