Spirituality in Bereavement

Next session starts on May 7, 2019
in partnership with

Seminar Description

When facing a profound a loss of any kind, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, pet loss or loss of health, we cannot separate psychology from spirituality. Regardless of one’s belief system or image of God, loss and grief almost always brings up existential questions, because searching for meaning is an intrinsic part of the grieving process.

A Christian might wonder, “Why would a loving god let this happen?” or “Is God punishing me?” An SBNR person (Spiritual But Not Religious) might ask, “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” An atheist might question whether painful events are truly random, or if there is some deeper purpose to our challenges and losses.

In this 8 week, 16 session seminar, you add academic training in spirituality to the practical experience of providing clinical, palliative, and hospice care to those who are dying and those who survive the dying, shifting from best intention to best practices. Insights, best practices, and research-based evidence of the intersectionality of spirituality, psychology, and religion will guide your cohort members to understanding of authentic and compassionate care and action.

Take this seminar as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality, or by itself to earn continuing education units (CEUs) as you learn to bring spirituality to the moments in death, dying and bereavement.

Registration Fee: $895


  • Understand how religious and spiritual diversity can be effectively addressed in situations of bereavement and how it intersects with other forms of diversity.
  • Learn, practice, and develop best practices for hospice and palliative care workers, clergy and spiritual directors, pastors and chaplains, in dealing with issues of grief, bereavement, and survival.
  • Learn ways for clergy/spiritual directors and mental health professionals to better collaborate to foster wellness in their patients and congregants.

Topics Include

The significance of spirituality in the grieving process

The existential questions asked by the bereaved

Approaches to death and grief from a variety of diverse cultures

The importance of ritual for healing

Why including spirituality in counseling is critical for working with loss and grief

How counselors and spiritual care providers can use ritual in their practices

Thought Leaders

Terri Daniel, MA, CT

CCTP Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, AITP; Clinical chaplain, ordained interfaith minister and end-of-life educator

Stephen Mark Findley, MDiv, CLYT, BCC

Staff chaplain at the University of Texas at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Rev. Tim Langdell, MDiv, PhD, BCC

Parish priest at Church of the Beloved Disciple and ProCathedral, Hollywood

Course Details

Course ID

URAWI 505X – Spirituality and Bereavement


$895 for the individual seminar.  Also, can be taken as a part of the Spirituality and Mental Health Certificate.

Alumni, Employee, and Group pricing available.  Inquire HERE


Bereaved individuals, hospice workers, grief counselors, chaplains, social workers, nurses, physicians, mental health care providers and healers in alternative modalities, including meditation practitioners, death doulas, Reiki healers, intuitive counselors and music/art therapists who work with death and grief. This will also be of interest to those studying religious history, mysticism and indigenous practices for death, dying and bereavement.


APA CEs Pending

24 Contact Hours are available to Pastors, Pastor Counselors, Nurses, and Chaplains whose certifying agencies or organizations require CE hours. To determine whether or not your seminar qualifies for CEUs, please consult with your certifying body.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CEU credits for license renewal by LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs for programs from CEU approved sponsors.

LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval. California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. CA Emergency Medical Services for EMTs and Paramedics. For questions about these CEU accreditations email innovation@sfts.edu.


Live on the ZOOM platform


MAY 7 – JUNE 27 2019


Tuesday: 4:30 – 6:00 p PST
Thursday: 4:30-6:30 p PST



Ready to Bring Spirituality to Bereavement

Supported in conversation with people from all walks of life, each person who passes through an AWI seminar learns how to connect, engage and restore the person who needs the unique support that they alone provide.  Take this seminar as part of the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality, or by itself to earn continuing education units (CEUs) as you learn to add spirituality to moments of death, dying and bereavement.