Grief Therapists

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 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.

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

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