Grief Counseling

Counseling the bereaved requires more than simple compassion.

We will all experience the sad loss of a loved one during our lifetime. Such a loss can have devastating effects upon those who were close to the person and who must be able to find a way to carry on. Advising the survivors is a job that requires much more than mere sympathy for the sense of loss being experienced by relatives, friends and acquaintances. In pursuit of an advanced degree in bereavement counseling, you will develop a foundational yet advanced awareness of the areas of grief and grieving. With a firm knowledge of all aspects of the field, you will be able to counsel those who suffered the loss of a family member or friend as a result of long-endured illness or a sudden tragedy.

The grief counseling program was an in-depth analysis of death and dying, but surprisingly there was another dimension — you undergo a personal change in your own attitudes toward death and dying.

Randy Dexter ’11

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Quick Facts

  • Grief is a common human emotion that may be felt by all people at various stages of their lives, but only a trained counselor can see when the intervention of a professional is required.
  • The five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
  • Those who undergo grief counseling can usually overcome their grief after a period of months.

Possible Careers

  • Trauma counselor in the emergency room of a hospital
  • Bereavement counselor working with emergency medicine or first responder teams in local governments
  • Grief counselor employed by national or local government planning units