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Why You Need Our Grief Coaching Certification

Why is Grief Coaching Certification important? 

  • Gives you a rigorous and in depth on grief education.

  • Grief Coaches save lives.

  • Counselors and therapists do not necessarily need to have expertise in grief and bereavement and therefore either miss out on helping a segment of the population or possibly do a disservice to those who they treat.

  • Counselors and therapists receive training in mental/behavioral disorders but do not have to take grief specific education unless it is included in their specific degree curriculum which is different in every university.

  • An accredited Grief Coaching Certification program gives you credibility.

  • A well constructed Grief Coaching Certification program gives connection, confidence, and collaborative contacts.

  • People with Certification are generally able to charge higher rates.

  • Mourners can potentially get support for a much longer period of time given the less expensive rates of Grief Coaches as compared to counselors or psychologists.

  • Grief is not necessarily abnormal or pathological, there it is usually not necessary to be "treated" by a counselor who is trained to address unhealthy situations.

  • Solid Grief Certification programs provide a comprehensive list of tools to equip the Grief Coach for maximum effectiveness.

  • The Global Grief Institute offers 5 different Certifications that each provide robust and comprehensive education and practical guidance.

  • We work with the many people who are currently supporting grievers and who would become more empowered to take their coaching to the next level with our convenient, affordable, and quality grief education

  • Our Programs help society face the realities of death as we engage them in open and honest discussions about the one thing every one of us shares- we will all die.

  • Share your unique gift with the world and have a bigger impact

  • Feel confident coaching based on your own personal experience

  • Stop feeling uncomfortable and struggling to “sell” coaching

  • Take the guesswork out of Grief and Life Coaching by offering specific results

  • Increase your expertise and authority by focusing on what you, uniquely, can offer

  • Become the thought leader and go-to respected life coach in your niche

  • Get clients AND make more money doing it.

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Grief Coaching 101

The Grief Coach is a specialty niche within the larger field of coaching which can include Life Coaching, Executive Coaching, Addiction Recovery Coaching and many others.


A Grief Coach  helps patients cope with grief associated with the loss of loved ones or in some instances other important life connections such as pets or careers. Whether a Grief Coach is supporting someone cope with the loss of a parent, child, spouse or friend, the Grief Coach must create a safe environment for the client to express their grief. The key skills of the grief counselor are: communication, rapport, healthy boundaries, professionalism, empathy, compassion and cultural and generational sensitivity.

The Grief Coach must acknowledge that everyone process and experiences their grief differently. Some people need solace, some need humor, others will cry with great frequency and intensity. Others feel emotionally blocked and disassociated from their bodies, feelings and even their lives.


Many will withdraw from their families and friends as the emotional weight of the grief seems to act like a vise. For many people, the loss of a loved one can bring up deep unresolved emotional issues from their childhood and even adult lives. These must all be seen as part of the grieving process and the client given room to feel their feelings while having the grief counselor facilitate their own recognition of their emotions and arising patterns of behavior to find healthy outcomes.

Grief Coach as a Service to Society

The Grief Counselor provides and extremely valuable service to the individual. By helping them to feel safe to express the profound feelings associated with grief, the Grief Counselor is helping the client to move deeply into their feelings and eventually release them from their experience. The range of emotions that can arise in response to grief are as varied as those of human experience. Some may be unable to take life seriously and enter into a sort of comedic nihilism. Others may be gripped by an intense rage as unresolved anger and feelings of abandonment arise with the death of their loved one. When the process of grieving is interrupted by the practical aspects of life such as career and family the grief can go “underground” and remain unresolved. The job of the Grief Counselor is to help the individual to reach resolution and acceptance of the death of the love one and be allowed to fully express all of their emotional reactions in a safe, caring and compassionate space.

Impact on Society

The Grief Counselor’s impact on society is subtle, but is actually profound. Prior to the advent of grief counseling a certain percentage of people were never able to experience and resolve their feelings of grief. This could lead to a variety of psychological problems and greatly influence the well-being and effectiveness of the person whose grief was unresolved. By helping individuals cope with, express and resolve their feelings of grief, the Grief Counselor is helping to make a more mentally stable, healthy and productive society one individual at a time.

Education to Become a Grief Counselor/Therapist versus a Grief Coach

There are many routes to becoming a Grief Counselor. One could earn their Master’s or Doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in grief. Other’s might choose to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers with an emphasis on Grief Counseling. In both of those cases, appropriate licensure would be required to practice with the title Psychologist or Licensed Clinical Social Work. The title of “Counselor” is usually not one that is protected and so a variety of different educational backgrounds could offer Grief Counseling. In most cases, a Master’s degree or even Doctorate in Social Work, Divinity, Psychology or Counseling would be seen as optimal for being a professional Grief Counselor.

No formal education is needed to Become a Grief Coach.  People have been helping others through their bereavement for centuries. Our Accredited Certification programs will give you the background, the knowledge and techniques for becoming an expert grief advocate all in the convenience and comfort of your own home at a pace that works with your other responsibilities and needs.

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