The Bereavement Journey

The Bereavement Journey is a 6-week course (one session per week) supporting those experiencing bereavement, grief and loss.

By means of a series of films and discussion groups, the course gently guides bereaved people through aspects of grief, enabling them to process the implications for themselves and discern next steps.

If you are visiting this page due to a personal bereavement, we are truly sorry for your loss.  At St. Ebbe’s in Headington, we recognise the significant need for bereavement support in our local community, and our prayer is that this course will bring blessing to many.

The Bereavement Journey was developed at Holy Trinity Brompton church in London and has been appreciated by thousands of people nationwide over 20 years.

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Dates of next course

Our next course will start on Tuesday 6th June 2023 and run for 6 weeks, until 11th July.

Spaces are limited, so we ask you to sign up in advance. (Please be sure to let us know if you find you don’t require your space after all).


For more information or to speak to someone about the course please contact the church office, or course leader Jill Horner.


What sort of bereavement/loss is this course suitable for?

Any: recent or long ago / of a loved one in death or loss of a relationship / loss of someone of any age & in any circumstances.

Do I need to have a faith or be interested in Christianity?

No, the course is open to all and suitable for all. The 6th session looks at Questions of Faith and is an optional session.

Will I be required to share my personal experience?

There will be no pressure to share anything you do not want to.

How long are the sessions and how many?

Each session is around 2 hours: 7.30-9.30pm. There are 6 sessions.

What will be the format of each session?

In each session we will watch two short talks (following the Course Handbook which each person will receive), and break a couple of times into small discussion groups.

What sort of topics will be covered?

Topics such as: attachment, separation & loss; the pain of grief (how it affects what we feel, do, think & our body); death in society (work, social settings); various complex emotions (regret, anger, guilt); coping with change (identity, practicalities, wider family), and others.

Do I have to come to every session?

Attendance at every session is recommended. Each session is designed to follow on from and build upon the previous session.

What does it cost to attend?

Nothing, it’s free. If you would like to donate to support the continuing work of St. Ebbe’s in Headington, then please speak to one of the course leaders or drop a line to the church office.

Will there be any course homework?

No. Although we do recommend finding a trusted friend or relative with whom you can share your reflections after each session; many people find this helpful towards processing things as the course goes along.

Where can I find further bereavement support?

We would recommend you visit; a helpful signposting website where you will find lots of bereavement services and information. We, at St. Ebbe’s in Headington, would love to support you more; feel free to get in touch or come along to one of our Sunday services.