Bereavement Listening Volunteer

Location; Buckinghamshire and borders eg Chinnor, Thame, Wing and Leighton Buzzard
Hours; Ad hoc, from 2 hours a month
Age: 18+
Requirements: You will be required to supply references and a DBS check will be carried out.
Bereavement Support Listener

Help support bereaved people in your local area

Our Bereavement Listening volunteers make a huge difference to those who are adjusting to the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness or grieving for a loved one by listening and empathising with their loss.

You don’t need to be a trained counsellor or have previous experience to become a Bereavement Volunteer. We need people who are good listeners, resilient and are empathetic and supportive.


What will I be doing?

Our Bereavement Listening volunteers are matched to one of our clients to offer one-to-one support, either face to face in an agreed location or via telephone.

You will be supporting bereaved clients by:

  • Listening to them in their grief
  • Enabling them to express their feelings
  • Empathising with them
  • Explaining some of the grief processes to them
  • Encouraging them and helping them to find ways to cope with their loss and continuing with life.

Bereavement Listeners work as part of a confidential service and are required to complete a 10 week training programme and will receive ongoing training and supervision.  Our training programme runs 2-3 times a year on Saturday mornings at the Hospice.

What volunteering can do for you

What you get out of volunteering for Florence depends on what you are looking for, but these are just some of the benefits becoming a Bereavement Listener offers:

  • Gain valuable skills in active listening
  • Get an understanding of key counselling techniques
  • Learn more about the grieving process
  • Supporting people in your local community
  • Offer flexibility to fit around other commitments.

How to Sign Up

Complete our short registration form through the link below and our Volunteering Team will be in touch shortly.

Got any questions?  To find out more call us on 01296 429975 or email

" I would say to anybody thinking of volunteering as a Bereavement Listener that you will be given the training and support to be able to help and comfort those in need. I’m so glad I can and have helped so many and hope to do this for many years.”
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