Modules and Certification

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QUICK ACCESS TO FORMS  also available below in detail certification instructions.
STEP 1 Complete an application and receive approval APPLICATION (click here)
STEP 2 Purchase and study grief and coaching modules
STEP 3 Complete online test once ONLINE TEST (click here)
STEP 4 Complete agreement AGREEMENT (click here)
STEP 5 Purchase and schedule 7 hourly sessions

A module contains information covering just one topic independently of other modules which all work together to cover the main subject. Certification refers to the confirmation of information comprehension. 

*Over 90 grief, coaching, and specialty Experts Referenced 

Master Grief Coaching is not a one size fits all process where all grievers you work with go through a defined number of steps. It is a skill to support and empower grievers anytime based on how loss is affecting their life. Education programs in your own words can be developed after you understand module content.

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Dedicated to providing convenient affordable options for women and men seeking quality education about grief, healing, coaching, or small business, expert opinions have been summarized into concisely written individual modules that are downloadable. Resources and worksheets editable in Microsoft Word are included. 

“Loss and grief are part of the human experience. Unfortunately, they are rarely a part of graduate training in the helping professions.”
– Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, Psychology, Director, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition

For information on this page to be explained by phone, please call Cathy Cheshire at
12169039723 or voice Skype cathycheshire_1 worldwide.

How the option of Master Grief Coach Certification by phone or video chat can enrich your comprehension includes:

  • Achieving a new level of self-discovery and personal growth
  • Teach and support family and friends
  • Enhance how you already work with grievers in your job
  • Boost resume interest as grief education is helpful in most jobs
  • Build a meaningful career working from anywhere

Those who have healed from grief often report supporting grievers is the most meaningful energizing work they have ever done because they know what it’s like to feel lost in the depths of despair. 

Fields with jobs where grief coaching knowledge is beneficial include medical, behavioral, veterinarian, emergency response, naturopathy, nursing homes, social work, hospice, clergy, spiritual guides, volunteering, education, funeral directing, emergency response, human resources, law, massage therapy, mind/body techniques, real estate, sales, marketing, pet services, and cosmetology.

The initial program content was reviewed by diverse experts including Sharon Ehlers, ( and Anissa Picard ( Backgrounds include experience with, psychology, business, teaching, healthcare, funeral services, energy healing, authoring grief books, and speaking. An expanded list of advisors, coaches, and mentors is listed on the qualifications page. Feedback from Certified Master Grief Coaches is encouraged and valued.

Gain knowledge for yourself and to support family, children, friends, your community, and others.  Learn about at your own pace. If you are struggling with personal grief, you can also seek support from a Certified Master Grief Coach, especially if you are overwhelmed with emotion. View Certified Grief Coaches (click here) 


  • Understanding Grief and Healing Module
  • Grief Coaching Module
  • Master Grief Coach Certification Steps
  • Coach or Counselor/Therapist Grief Only Option
  • Small Business Action Planning Module
  • Optional Personalized Education 
  • Create Your Own Grief Certification Program

IMPORTANT: All modules and forms are programmed to be automatically emailed shortly after purchase. If you do not receive them, please check the spam folder. If they are missing, please call (216) 903-9723 or email You can also always login to your account to access the information.

For correlating module target audience, objectives, what you will learn, and forms/resources included, click on each highlighted title below. Worksheet instructions and resource explanations are included in modules.

Understanding Grief and Healing Module 

Individual purchase or required if being certified. After over three years of research, this module concisely summarizes in one place key areas where the most qualified diverse prominent grief experts listed in the document mostly agree but also disagree, saving time, minimizing confusion, and avoiding feeling overwhelmed. You decide what information is best for you. Backgrounds include world-renowned and PhD leaders in their fields of psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience, which is the scientific study of the brain, mind, and nervous system. They concur that grief is unique to each individual and healing is possible. None of the information includes other personal opinions.  98 pages

Prominent Experts
Grief Experts
Thought Experts
Sensitive Empath Experts

Grief Coaching Module

Individual purchase or required if being certified. After over three years of research, this module concisely summarizes key areas where diverse prominent experts listed in the document explain basic life coaching emphasizing listening and guiding skills that overlap with that element of counseling. Grief can affect every area of a person’s existence. Advanced life coaching programs rarely include anything on grief. Coaching is a proven process that gets results with complete focus on individual needs rather than trying to put everyone through the same rigid steps. Combining what you already know about grief and what you learn from the “Understanding Grief and Healing” module with coaching is a powerful way for anyone to manage their life and inspire others. You can also make suggestions about other beneficial concepts you are familiar with, always allowing those you are coaching to decide without pressure what is best for them. 44 pages

Master Grief Coach Certification Steps

No education or experience prerequisites to start the Master Grief Coach Certification program.

Certification Total

Certification as a Master Grief Coach involves confirmation of competent skills. Certification is available all year in any country in English or with a translator. Master is a prevalent word meaning acquiring complete knowledge. This program focuses on varied professional expert insights on grief used with the life coaching principle of empowering and guiding others to remember each person is the master of their own journey. Master Grief Coaching can be provided in-person and worldwide by phone, video chat, or even messaging.

STEP 1 Complete an application and receive approval APPLICATION (click here)
STEP 2 Purchase and study grief and coaching modules
STEP 3 Complete online test once ONLINE TEST (click here)
STEP 4 Complete agreement AGREEMENT (click here)
STEP 5 Purchase and schedule 7 hourly sessions

You will receive timely phone follow-up and email response from a person without phone trees, long waits, email bombardment, no-reply email address alerts, or excessive marketing. The program is here whenever you are ready to learn.

Fees are low-cost for availability to more people. There are no ongoing fees or time limits on using what you learn. There is no travel expense or risk, information is by self-study, the online test is automated, and one-on-one discussion sessions efficiently focus on individual needs. No sitting for hours or days in a class that may not be the best use of your valuable time. You can purchase certification at the current price and schedule anytime in the future.

New skills can be turned into habits by practicing with those in your life rather than paying for role-playing, although any personalized training is available on request at an hourly rate. Whether practicing grief coaching is paid for or self-directed, ongoing reinforcement is necessary to develop and maintain skills. Supervised grief coaching is helpful, but not essential for this fundamental education. Those with mental illness are always compassionately referred to a Counselor/Therapist who specializes in their disorder.

Suggested questions if you are comparing grief certification programs:

  • If there is an agreement or contract, can it be reviewed before registering and paying for a program?
  • What are all the fees involved with the initial program training and additional training available?
  • What are the qualifications of the program applicable to grief education? Counselor/Therapist education and licensing do not require any grief training. You may learn from self-styled non-credentialed professionals but may avoid misinformation by being aware of knowledge sources.
  • If the training is in person, what travel costs are involved?
  • What support is available ongoing and is there a fee?
  • Are program testimonials available?

Comprehension after studying the “Understanding Grief and Healing” and “Grief Coaching” modules required for certification is verified by a basic online test with 58 questions, mostly true or false. The “Business Action Planning” module is excluded from testing and certification because some may not have their own business and is free after certification.

STEP 1 Complete an application 

  • There are no prerequisites and you do not have to have any grief education or professional experience to qualify for this program.
  • There is no cost or obligation to apply. Your information is strictly confidential.  
  • Complete the Master Grief Coach Certification APPLICATION (click here) to get to know you and your motivation for success. A certificate is not provided just because you reviewed information. The certificate you receive from this program certifies that you have met all requirements, education, testing, and training. Your competence is personally observed and enhanced as needed through the certification process. Anyone who wants to remain anonymous will not be certified.
  • References are only contacted if it may enhance application information provided. 
  • Only candidates with complete responses to the application required questions will be notified by email as soon as possible if approved to go through the certification process or why there are concerns about proceeding.
  • If you do not begin certification within 6 months, a new application to confirm most current information must be completed as older applications are not saved.

Note: You can purchase and review the “Understanding Grief and Healing” and “Master Grief Coaching” modules referenced in STEP 2 before completing the application if you wish, but please do not take the online test until after you have an approved Master Grief Coach Application because the test is part of the certification process.

STEP 2 Purchase and study grief and coaching modules

  • Purchase “Understanding Grief and Healing” and “Master Grief Coaching” modules. Study the information including forms. The content is straightforward but not commonly known.

STEP 3 Complete online test once

  • DO NOT take the online test as a pretest.
  • Complete the ONLINE TEST (click here) to confirm understanding of what you learned from the modules so we can be efficient with our time during the certification sessions where we go deeper with the information. 
  • You can reference the modules when taking the untimed test, but if you close out of the test without completing it, your answers will not be saved. Please only take the test once.
  • You will immediately receive your results by email. 
  • Only if at least 45 of the 58 questions (77%) are not answered correctly, study more and retake the online test if you wish to continue with certification. Do not retake the test if you score at least 45 as we will review those questions not answered correctly during the first certification session.
  • We will review any missed test questions in the first certification session.
  • Call or email if you have any technical difficulties.

STEP 4 Complete agreement

  • Complete the Master Grief Coach Certification AGREEMENT (click here) to ensure understanding of certification requirements including professionalism. A reputation for Master Grief Coaches providing consistently exceptional service supports the growth of the Master Grief Coach Certification program and also affects all Master Grief Coaches.
  • You will immediately receive a copy by email.
  • The agreement explains reasons when this in-depth certification may not continue or may be revoked. 
  • Ongoing module free updates include the most progressive information from grief experts. 

STEP 5 Purchase and schedule 7 hourly sessions

You will be asked open-ended questions only about the grief and coaching module information. Sharing or asking about personal experiences or opinions is completely up to you. Any personal information you share is confidential. 

  • Purchase certification training.
  • Oral assessment of your ability to apply what you learned includes 7 hourly one-on-one sessions, initially piloted to determine this timeframe are scheduled as convenient for you as possible.
  • Email or call with dates and times you are available for the first session or you will be contacted to schedule. A session or two per week is recommended, but your preference will be made the priority. Some have completed the sessions in two weeks and others in months. 
  • Please change or cancel appointments within 24 hours.
  • You will be called on time for each session.
  • It’s important to have access to the forms and resources online or printed to reference during discussions where open-ended questions will be asked. 
  • Any gaps identified in understanding the information studied are fully taught during one-on-one certification sessions.
  • You may still be certified if you ever do not answer questions correctly during any session. You are encouraged to guess if not certain about an answer. The time is spent answering your questions, clarifying any misunderstanding of the information, and expanding your knowledge. The one-on-one time is focused on your needs.
  • With advance notification, you may request appointments by video chat rather than phone.
  • Calls may be recorded only for your personal playback use.
  • Certification will not continue and the full certification fee will be refunded if at any point it is identified anyone does not have a good understanding of the grief and coaching information and does not want to study more.

Master Grief Coach Certification Agenda

Understanding Grief & Healing Module
Session 1
Introduction & Review Test Questions Incorrectly Answered
Institution Grief Definitions to Forgiveness
Session 2
Mindfulness to Thought & Emotion Worksheet
Session 3
Life Action Planning Worksheet
Financial Planning & Loving Relationships Worksheets
Session 4
Grief Expert Disagreement to Mind & Body Techniques

Grief Coaching Module
Session 5

Coaching Related Words Defined to
Compassion Fatigue & Self Care
Session 6
Client Service Case Study & Client Sessions Guide
Session 7
Example Phrasing and Practice Calls
Support available & Certification finalization

Coach or Counselor/Therapist Grief Only Option

For those who email documentation of coaching certification or counseling/therapy education or licensing to, Master Grief Coach Certification can be completed by just studying the “Understanding Grief and Healing” module if “Master Grief Coaching” skills are already known and completing 4 hourly grief certification sessions at the prorated fee of only $240. Certified coaches and licensed counselors/therapists have found including the 3 “Master Grief Coaching” certification sessions to be helpful or a great reminder.  

Certification Benefits

  • After certification, a professional Cathy Cheshire LLC Master Grief Coach certificate and a certification logo name badge including “Certified Master Grief Coach” verifying accomplishments are emailed.

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  • You have the option to use a free webpage on our website and PayPal only charges you a small fee as you receive each client payment.
  • As long as you maintain your certification by following the agreement, you will receive the Coach Login (click here) webpage password for immediate access to the Business Action Planning module, ongoing most current module revisions, editable forms, and an extensive list of grief-related websites. Grief, coaching, and marketing resources exclusive to Certified Master Grief Coaches is included.
  • Basic coaching and business support are freeExtensive support is available at an hourly fee. 
  • Suggestions and feedback regarding future enhancements to the program come from the Certified Master Grief Coach team which includes an incredible breadth of education and professional expertise. 

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Small Business Action Planning Module

Individual purchase, not included in certification, FREE if certified. Business action planning is important for any size business. Principles used by successful multi-million-dollar companies have been simplified in this module so they can be easily applied to establishing and operating a coaching business with nominal start-up expenses.

After purchasing the business module, basic support is free and extensive support including promotion design, WordPress website development, Google Ads campaigns, and creating training programs is $60/hour. 35 pages

Optional Personalized Education

The grief, coaching, and business modules are self-study to be as cost-conscious as possible. If you prefer personalized grief, coaching, or business education, it is available. Basic coaching and business support are free. You may request extensive practice coaching time, refresher sessions, business planning, and business mentoring. All personalized education is available at $60/hour. Please call (216) 903-9723 or email to make arrangements.  

Create Your Own Grief Certification Program 

There is a great need for diverse quality progressive grief education. Options are being evaluated for how best to educate Certified Grief Coaches or anybody with a desire to use their expertise to develop their own grief certification program. 

Individual grief programs attract who they may best inspire and support.   


For information on this page to be explained by phone, please call Cathy Cheshire at
12169039723 or voice Skype cathycheshire_1 worldwide.