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"Unlike group therapy, peer-led groups are not managed by a mental health professional. Instead, they’re led by people who have faced challenges the group members are also experiencing.

After her mother died many years ago, Barri Leiner Grant, 56, a certified grief coach in Chicago, played host to a group event for motherless daughters. “I realized that we don’t ‘get over’ grief; we learn to live with the loss,” Grant says. Recognizing the need for more support, Grant was inspired to start “the Memory Circle,” a grief group for anyone coping with loss."

The Washington Post

July 2, 2022

"With therapists in short supply, group counseling offers alternative."


“This is really an important topic that most people never receive any education about, yet every one of us is going to have to deal with it probably at multiple times in our life. You are doing important work and you have such an interesting story.”  

−JACK CANFIELD, Co-Author of the Bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul™ Series

Registration Closing August 18 for Fall Class Enrollment. Classes Begin August 23, 2022.

Our Certification Program is Accredited by the International Coaching Federation ICF)


Grieving is not a disease. It is a necessity that follows no linear pattern. Grief coaching, an untapped non-therapeutic paradigm, shifts the perspective that grief is an illness that needs to be treated, fixed, or cured. Instead, it empowers individuals to open themselves up to allow the normal and natural responses to loss … giving themselves permission to grieve. Thereafter, helping them to navigate through and thrive in their own personal sense of new normalcy. Grief coaching does not infer, provide, or replace professional counseling, therapy, or mental health services.

Become a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach and offer a service that never goes unappreciated.  Learn to work through personal unresolved grief and help others move from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude in the shortest time possible. Become certified as a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach by the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching on the From Grief to Gratitude Coaching Program, accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Our mission is to educate on the misunderstood and often avoided sensitive topic of grief; train and certify professional grief coaches to help individuals move from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude in the shortest time possible; and, to help organizations create compassionate and grief-informed workplace cultures.

The From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is celebrating five years as an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited program.  Love and gratitude to our grief coaches for making a difference in the lives of grieving individuals, families, organizations, communities, and the world. Because of you, the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching (IOPGC) is now represented in 42 states and eight international territories. Thank you for answering the compassionate calling and for all that you do. Your service to all of humanity will never go unappreciated. ~~ Dora Carpenter, 2022

Grief Coach Certification

Work through any personal unresolved grief while learning to coach others through the loss of loved ones using a proven, non-therapeutic, compassion-led methodology.  Program is ideal for those with some coaching experience or for the individual with a compassionate desire to serve. The From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

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Self-Education Courses

In response to the demand for online courses, Dora Carpenter announces the Online Course Boutique. Complete these self-directed courses at your own pace from the comfort of your home.  Coach Dora has packaged prior courses, workshops, seminars, and more to offer you a convenient and affordable self-education experience.   Choose from a variety of courses with plans to add more in the future.  There are no prerequisites to enroll or requirements to complete. These are self-directed courses and not coach certification programs.

Coming Soon

Grief Talk Revolution

It's Time to Talk About the Elephant in the Room


Learn to facilitate workshops and mastermind groups as part of a global movement to revolutionize the myth that speaking of grief is dark and non-conversational.  Together we will make a difference and change our grief-avoidance society and culture.