About SBP


The Society of Bereavement Practitioners is the independent professional membership organisation (a 'Learned Society') for anyone working or volunteering in any capacity with bereaved people and their families; including those working in end of life care.


Membership of the Society, which was founded in London in 2005, represents a public commitment to aims of the Society and to ethical practice and the highest professional standards, demonstrated by the use of appropriate designatory letters: LSBP or FSBP after a member's name. The letters MSBP demonstrate the member upholds the aims and standards of the Society and is working towards recognition of their professional expertise.


The Society's Badge of Merit, Award of Merit, and the coveted President's Award of Merit further recognise the considerable commitment and achievement made by people in any aspect of bereavement and end of life care and support, whose work might otherwise go unnoticed and unrewarded.


The Society currently has a small but diverse membership representing a wide range of professional expertise including counsellors, clergy, celebrants, carers, doctors, nurses, midwives, funeral directors, paramedics, craftsmen and registrars. Our aims and objectives have evolved considerably since our foundation. For example, we no longer provide training or conduct examinations; and we no longer organise regular formal meetings and events - although individual members may continue to do so in their local area. However, through the breadth, diversity and quality of our membership we remain commited to promoting and encouraging the highest standards of education, training and ethical and professional conduct for all who provide bereavement care and support in any form.


We welcome applications for membership at any time from anyone meeting the relevant criteria who shares our objectives. We also welcome and encourage nominations at any time for the Badge and Award of Merit. Further information can be found on the Awards page of this website.