Coronavirus (COVID-19) information 

Kingston Bereavement Service recognises its duty of care to all those who use our bereavement services, and volunteer or work for the charity. In light of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, please find below the latest information and guidance with regard to our service. 

KBS will follow government advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic to which all our staff are required to adhere. 

We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience that changes we make to our service may cause but hope that you will understand that the safety and wellbeing of those who provide and access our service is paramount.

We are continuing to offer a service to our clients but we are unable to see anyone face to face at the moment. 

We are recruiting! 

We are currently inviting applications for volunteer counsellors/psychotherapy trainees to join our counselling team to provide one to one counselling on a brief therapy basis of ten sessions to adults who have been bereaved.  

Training on bereavement counselling will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to join our CPD training programme. This covers effective brief therapy, working with complex clients and systemic perspectives for supporting families through a bereavement.  

This is an excellent opportunity for trainee counsellors/psychotherapists wanting to develop their skills within a brief therapy framework and who are interested in expanding their experience of working with loss and bereavement.  

Kingston Bereavement Service is a successful local charity, established in 1988, to support those who have been bereaved and are working, living, studying or registered with a GP in Kingston upon Thames. Adult clients may self-refer or be referred by a GP or a professional agency. They may have had a very recent bereavement or their loss may have occurred some years ago and they may feel stuck and unable to move forwards. Some clients have experienced traumatic, unexpected loss, including deaths through suicide and murder, of family, children, friends and partners. Pre-existing ill health, social isolation, lower income or pre-existing mental health problems may also prevent some clients from going through the natural bereavement process. We also find that addiction agencies often refer to us, as experiencing a bereavement may increase the risk of relapse amongst recovering addicts.  

Ideally you need to have had one year clinical experience, or have experience in a hospital, hospice or bereavement service, and have acquired 50 clinical hours.  

Online interviews will take place on Monday 29th June and Friday 3rd July. Online Induction Training will take place on Sundays 19th and 26th July and Sunday 2nd August. If successful, it is a requirement that you attend all three dates.  

Please click here for our application pack

To apply please return the application form to: 

by 5pm on Thursday 18th June 2020.  

We regret we are only able to contact successful candidates. Thank you for your interest in Kingston Bereavement Service.

KBS Privacy Promise

We promise to:

  • Keep your data safe and private
  • Never sell your data
  • Only use your data for its intended purpose
  • Erase your data on request


Kingston Bereavement Service gathers and retains personal data about clients in order to assist all staff and volunteers to work effectively on the client’s behalf.  This personal information will be kept securely and only be shared with others after a client has given specific and written consent.  Exceptions to this are covered in the At Risk Procedure, where there is a danger to either the client or their dependents. 



Aftercare Support Group

We occasionally run an Aftercare Support Group at the KBS offices once a month, for a period of six months. The group is facilitated by experienced counsellors and is for clients who have finished their individual counselling at KBS.

The main goal of a bereavement support group is to break the isolation grief can impose on all of us.  Participants have a chance to meet other people who are experiencing a significant loss and to share what works and what does not work.   Different topics will be discussed according to need.

Click here to read about what we have been doing in the last year.