Grief Therapists

Teenager Consults Grief Therapist

A grief therapist, or bereavement counselor, offers therapy for those who are mourning the death of a family member or a loved one. Therapists help survivors work through their sadness and possible feelings of anger or guilt and help them recover from their loss. Counselors may be brought into communities or facilities to help individuals after a national disaster, act of violence, or an accident. Grief therapists may be self-employed as independent counselors or work for hospitals, funeral homes, schools, hospice organizations, nursing homes, or government or private agencies.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bereavement Counselors, Death Educators
Duties Provide therapy to those who are mourning the death of a family member or a loved one
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
Experience Several years' experience as a general counselor
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Self Employed, or College Department Head, or Health Care Executive
  • Experienced Grief Therapist
  • Entry-Level Grief Therapist