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From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program

Being a member of the From Grief to Gratitude Community means being part of a professional group of passionate, empowering, and successful team members.  Complete a pre-enrollment application to begin the enrollment process. If selected, you will be contacted to schedule a pre-enrollment interview to determine if the program is the right fit for you. I would be honored to have you join our team!  

Dora Carpenter, Certified Professional Coach

Founder and Program Director

Work through your own grief while learning to help others.

Our Coaches


As a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach, you will have the knowledge, skills, resources, and confidence to coach clients through the transformative process of handling the painful emotions of losing a loved one, getting on top of their grief, and moving forward in life with meaning and purpose in the shortest time possible.

  • Broaden your program offerings to serve a unique and underserved market
  • Reduce program interruption and client dropout rate
  • Identify and process any personal unresolved grief
  • Achieve emotional and financial rewards while reaching a global audience
  • Promote your expert status with a proven 5-step recipe that gets life-changing results
  • Practical tools and techniques that you can use with your clients immediately
  • Increase client retention and referrals by being the go-to grief coach in your community
  • Tap into a niche market with unlimited prospects
  • Enhance your coaching skills utilizing the International Coach Federation's (ICF) core coaching competencies
  • Associate with a proven, successful, and well-recognized brand

To make sure that becoming a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach is a good fit for you, we have a pre-enrollment application process. Click on the button below.


What Your Program Includes . . .

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is supported on a state-of-the-art online program platform where you have 24/7 private access. Your certification program includes:

  • Flexibility in scheduling and no travel required
  • Live interactive training calls for each program module
  • Recordings of training calls available for playback
  • Tools and resources to assist you when coaching clients
  • Intern-While-You-Learn Program where you work with a pro-bono client during training

Please understand that the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is not based on a theological, philosophical, or conceptual framework for healing or fixing grief. It has been developed from and infers a personalized compassionate, heart-centered approach to empathetically journey with clients through their unique grieving process and does not imply, offer, or provide professional counseling or therapy.

Certification Program Overview . . .

The 8-week From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program has eight live interactive training modules where we focus on program-specific content and methodology, International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies, and coaching activities and assignments. Here is a look at the modules:

Module 1 - Foundations of Coaching Someone through Grief

This orientation module focuses on the prerequisites for successfully coaching your clients, understanding the ICF core competencies, the program format, delivery, expectations, and requirements for certification.

Module 2 – Giving Clients Permission to Grieve

You will have the knowledge, skills and resources to coach clients through the grieving process and help them understand and acknowledge their emotions. Here is part of what we will cover:

  • Recognizing the many faces of grief
  • Knowing the myths and avoiding the pitfalls
  • Validating the uniqueness of the grief experience

Module 3 – Supporting Clients to Remember to Honor the Life and Legacy

This is where you will help your clients to accept the death and begin the transition from focusing on the death to remembering and honoring the life. Some of the highlights are:

  • Confronting the reality of the death
  • Creating rituals for remembrance
  • Getting through the first year of grief
  • Integrating loss into life

Module 4 – Guiding Clients to Incorporate New Traditions into Old Traditions

You will be able to coach your clients through creating renewed attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives resulting in transformative awareness and actions. Key elements include:

  • Recognizing the "F" Factor: Fear, Forgiveness, and Faith
  • Creating new routines and activities
  • Taking responsibility for a renewed life
  • Completing the Wheel of Life Project

Module 5 – Encouraging Clients to Embrace Meaning and Purpose Going Forward

Here you will encourage and support clients to embrace a renewed purpose as they complete assignments focusing on “what’s next” activities. Here are a few of the activities you will help them create:

  • The P.E.T. Project
  • The Create Your Legacy Project
  • The Future You Project

Module 6 – Championing Clients to Find Gratitude in the Gift of Now

Your clients are now ready to forge ahead and you will proficiently coach them through developing the blueprint for a successful journey to a place of fulfillment, happiness, and gratitude. A few highlights are:

  • Giving yourself permission to move beyond grief
  • Saying Yes! to it all
  • The Personal Power Plan Project
  • Evaluating your support system

Module 7 - Understanding the Impact of Grief in the Workplace (content only)*

Understand how the normal, although challenging, impacts of grief affect the workplace. Become aware of the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual grief-related emotions affect job performance, morale, and loss of grief-related company revenue.

Module 8 - Providing Support for the Grieving Employee and Balancing Productivity (content only)*

Understand the significance of loss and how to reduce the impact on productivity. Learn the benefits and tools to ensure a compassionate, grief-informed, and grief-friendly workplace culture.

The Intern-While-You-Learn Program gives you the opportunity to build your confidence and competence while working with a pro-bono coaching client during the program.

Training and certification program cost is $2,197.  A $200 discount is offered to ICF-credentialed coaches (ACC, PCC, MCC certification will be verified.  Payment options are available.  

A $300 annual terms of use fee (invoiced in January of each year) grants permission to use all materials and intellectual property of the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching (IOPGC) and Dora Carpenter. 


For frequently asked questions, see Questions and Answers.