Death, Dying and Grief Certificate

Death, Dying and Grief Certificate

Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre


This certificate will facilitate your understanding of the grief process, giving you resources and developing tech quests that will enable a positive approach to engaging with those in the grieving process.

You will focus on developing an in depth understanding of biblical and spiritual truths when encountering loss and death. You will develop skills that will help you recognize and respond to the needs of others as you walk with them. Upon completion of 6 modules, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Death, Dying and Grief 2023 - 2024 Certificate offers 6 modules, beginning September 23, 2023, running through April 6, 2024.

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Upcoming Modules


Dr. David Sherbino smiling

Dr. David Sherbino, MPS, STM, D.Min, CSDS, FT.

Module 1 & 6 Facilitator

David is a professor of Pastoral Ministries and Spiritual Formation at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. He is the minister at Cornerstone Church (PCC) Kleinberg. Professionally he is a Certified Thanatologist Pastoral Specialist.

Dr. Rob Patterson

Dr. Rob Patterson, M.Div., MRE., D.Min.

Module 2 Facilitator

Rob is the Lead pastor at Scott Street MB church, in St.Catharines, ON. He has enjoyed teaching at Tyndale, McMaster University, Acadia University, and Carey Theological school in Vancouver. Previously he served in Kenya, East Africa as a lecturer with Carey Theological College and Regent College. During his years as a chaplain at Spring Hills Penitentiary he began his focus in the areas of loss, grief and death. He is fluent in Swa-hili having immersed himself into the African culture. He has a passion for teaching and equipping those who support others through their journey of grief.

Dr. Blair Bertrand, M.Div., PhD.

Rev. Dr. Blair Bertrand, M.Div., PhD.

Module 3 Facilitator

Rev. Dr. Bertrand is Lecturer at Zomba Theological College (Malawi) and Educational Consult-ant at Theological Education by Extension Malawi (TEEM). Publications include co-editing Con-sensus and Conflict: Practical Theology for Congregations in the Work of Richard R. Osmer and “Abusa Chimwala’s Exorcism: Demons, Barth, and the Church of Central Africa (Presbyterian)”, Stellenbosch Theological Journal. He was recently invited to consult on the Congregations in a Secular Age: Storytelling and Thriving project at Luther Seminary (Minneapolis, Minnesota). He is an ordained Presbyterian Church in Canada minister.

Dr. Keith Taylor

Dr. Keith Taylor, B.Th., M.Div., D.Min.

Module 4 Facilitator

Formerly Keith was a Chaplain Palliative Care, Southlake Regional Health Centre. He also worked as a Trauma Clinician, Trauma Management Group, Ottawa and was a Trainer for the Toronto North Command Firefighters for Critical Stress Incidents. Previously he was also the Director, Genesis Bereavement Resource Centre in Newmarket.

Keith retired following over 30 years of pastoral ministry at the Newmarket Church of the Nazarene.  Keith teaches multiple thanatology courses at Tyndale Seminary focusing on disenfranchised grief and complicated grief. He is a Member of the Association for Death Education and Counselling. Keith is a grief educator and seminar speaker. Founder/Director: Handle with Care. Bereavement Counselling Services and author of, Well-Intentioned People Say Dumb Things: Practical advice for comforting those who are grieving.

Lyndsay Thompson

Lyndsay Thompson, M.Div., RP.

Module 5 Facilitator

Lyndsay is an instructor at Tyndale Seminary in the Clinical Counselling and Thanatology programs. She is also a registered psychotherapist and who works primarily with kids and families and individual adults. She is working on a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation with a focus on the use of imagination, story and somatic experiencing for spiritual growth.

Learning Format

The modules in this Certificate will be delivered online. The platform for the live streaming will be Zoom.


Early Bird Pricing: $688.50 for the package of 6 modules (plus administrative fees), complete cost for the certificate program with 15% discount. The discount expires Aug 25, 2023

  • Each module is $135.00 plus administrative fees
  • $729 for package of 6 modules (plus administration fees), complete cost for the Death, Dying and Grief Certificate modules at discounted rate
  • Packages are only available before the start date of the first module
  • There is a 10% discount for full-time Tyndale students, alumni and staff. You will need to contact the Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre to receive a discount code before registering online
Email tsfc [at] tyndale [dot] ca to receive a promo code.

Refund Policy: Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of event date, will receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 3-6 days before the event, we will offer you a credit for future TSFC events. Cancellation requests made within 24 hours of the event may not receive a refund nor a transfer. If TSFC cancels an event under circumstances that would make the event non-viable, registrants will be offered a full refund. When you register for an event, you agree to these terms.