Bereavement and Catholic Funerals

Bereavement Care Training

A basic training course is available to help parishes set up bereavement care teams. In two sessions the course covers the stages of grief, listening skills and how to get started, and teams will be offered continuing support.

The next training course will take place on Wednesdays 16th and 23rd October 2019.

To find out more about this course or about ongoing support for existing bereavement care teams, please contact Mrs Maureen Knight: 0151 522 1046 or m.knight@rcaol.co.uk.

The following leaflet provides guidance about what we can do 
to support those who are living with a bereavement.


Bereavement Counselling Service (for those bereaved by suicide)

Paul's Place offers a specialist postvention counselling service for those bereaved by suicide.

Click here for more information about this service.


Planning a Catholic Funeral

The following leaflet provides guidance about the different ways Catholics can celebrate the three main parts of the funeral rites – the Vigil, the Funeral and the Committal, and how family members can be involved in preparing and participating in these rites.

Lay Funeral Ministers

This course is for lay people who have been selected by their parish priest to serve the community by leading funeral services when there is no priest or deacon available or when it is pastorally desirable for a lay person to lead a particular service.

The next training course will take place on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th November 2019.

The cost will be £100 per participant. This includes lunch on both days.

For more information or to book a place please contact Mrs Maureen Knight: 0151 522 1046 or m.knight@rcaol.co.uk.