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The death of a loved one is an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence so deal­ing with peo­ple in this sit­u­a­tion re­quires com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy. Be­reave­ment of­fi­cers are re­spon­si­ble for coun­selling fam­i­lies after a death and or­gan­is­ing the af­fairs of the de­ceased, such as cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­turn of prop­erty. They li­aise with med­i­cal staff, rel­a­tives and next of kin to re­duce the stress of the sit­u­a­tion as much as pos­si­ble. It is im­por­tant to have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, treat peo­ple with dig­nity, and re­spect any cul­tural needs or pri­vacy con­cerns. Work­ers in this field are typ­i­cally trained in coun­selling or so­cial work, such as with a Bach­e­lor of Coun­selling or Bach­e­lor of Ap­plied So­cial Science (Coun­selling). SEEK Learn­ing re­veals coun­sel­lors, in gen­eral, earn be­tween $62,000 and $75,000 a year. Strong job growth is fore­cast, with gov­ern­ment pro­jec­tions show­ing an ex­tra 5800 roles will be cre­ated na­tion­ally from 2017 to 2022.

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