Modules and Certification

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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

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

  • Focus on 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. 

Being a Certified Grief Coach may enhance the following types of careers: medical, behavioral, emergency response, naturopathy, nursing homes, social work, hospice, clergy, spiritual guides, volunteering, education, funeral directing, human resources, law, massage therapy, mind/body techniques, real estate, 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 credentials 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

For all or any of the information on this page to be explained by phone, please call Cathy Cheshire at 1-216-903-9723 or voice Skype cathycheshire_1 worldwide.


  • Understanding Grief and Healing Module
  • Grief Coaching Module
  • Master Grief Coach Certification
  • Small Business Action Planning Module
  • Optional Personalized Education 
  • Create a 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 prerequisites, 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. This module is comprehensive yet succinct, compiled from extensive diverse top experts who have been advocates for the most grievers. Backgrounds include world-renowned and PhD leaders in their fields of psychology and neuroscience, which is the scientific study of the brain, mind, and nervous system. All experts agree grief is unique to each individual and healing is possible. None of the information includes other personal opinions. Learn in one place how the most qualified grief experts agree and disagree, saving time, minimizing confusion, and avoiding feeling overwhelmed. You decide what information is best for you. 98 pages

Grief Coaching Module

Individual purchase or required if being certified. Basic life coaching with an emphasis on listening and guiding skills is explained. 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

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Follow Certification Steps 1-4 Below

Certification as a Master Grief Coach involves confirmation of competent skills. 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.

Fees are low-cost for availability to more people. There is no travel expense, information is self-study, the online test is automated, and one-on-one discussion sessions efficiently focus on individual needs. New skills can be turned into habits by practicing with those in your life rather than paying for role-playing, although it is available on request at an hourly fee. There are no ongoing fees or time limits on using what you learn. You can purchase certification at the current price and schedule anytime in the future.

Suggested questions if you are comparing grief certification programs:

  • If there is an agreement or contract, can it be reviewed before registering for a program?
  • What are all the fees involved with the initial program training and additional training available?
  • What are the credentials of the program applicable to teaching about grief coaching? Counselors/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 because some may not have their own business and is free after certification.

Oral assessment includes 7 hourly one-on-one sessions scheduled as convenient for you as possible. With advance notification, you may have appointments by video chat rather than phone. You will be asked open-ended questions. No sitting for hours or days in a class that may not be the best use of your valuable time. Certification is available all year in any country and Master Grief Coaching can be provided in-person and worldwide by phone, video chat, or even messaging. Some have completed the sessions in two weeks and others in months. Calls may be recorded only for your own personal playback use.

“Inspiring grievers is the most meaningful work I have ever done because I know what it’s like to feel lost in the depths of despair. I believe we are meant to support others however we can.” – Cathy Cheshire, Founder, Master Grief Coaching and Online Certification.

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  • There are no prerequisites and you do not have to have any professional grief experience to qualify for this program.
  • Complete the Master Grief Coach Certification Application 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.

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.


  • Purchase “Understanding Grief and Healing” and “Master Grief Coaching” modules. Study the information including forms.
  • Complete the Online Test 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.
  • If you do not answer at least 45 of the 58 questions (77%) correctly, study more and retake the online test if you wish to continue with certification.
  • We will review any final missed test questions in the first certification session.
  • DO NOT take as a pretest.


  • Complete Agreement to ensure understanding of certification requirements including professionalism. A reputation for Master Grief Coaches providing consistent exceptional service supports the growth of the Master Grief Coach Certification program and also affects all Master Grief Coaches.
  • The agreement is not a legal document but explains reasons when this in-depth certification may not continue or may be revoked. 
  • Ongoing module updates are free and include the most progressive information from grief experts. 


  • Purchase certification training unless you have approved financial assistance.
  • 7 individual hourly sessions are scheduled as convenient for you as possible. Email dates and times you are available for the first session or you will be contacted to schedule.
  • 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. The time is spent answering your questions, clarifying any misunderstanding of the information, and filling in any gaps. The one-on-one time is focused on your needs.
  • 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
Session 1
Review application & agreement
Review test questions incorrectly answered
Understanding Grief & Healing module: Institution Grief Definitions to Forgiveness
Session 2
Understanding Grief & Healing module: Mindfulness to
Thought & Emotion Worksheet
Session 3
Understanding Grief & Healing module: Life Action Planning Worksheet
Financial Planning & Loving Relationships Worksheets
Session 4
Understanding Grief & Healing module: Grief Expert Disagreement to
Mind & Body Techniques
Session 5
Master Grief Coaching module: Coaching Related Words Defined to
Compassion Fatigue & Self Care
Session 6
Master Grief Coaching module: Client Service Case Study & Client Sessions Guide
Session 7
Master Grief Coaching Module: Example Phrasing
Support available & Certification finalization

  • After you are certified, you will be emailed a professional Cathy Cheshire LLC Master Grief Coach certificate and logo verifying your accomplishment.
  • 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 have the password for the Coach Login webpage which contains the most current module revisions, editable forms, marketing examples, and coach resources. The Business Action Planning module and an extensive list of grief-related websites are included. Basic coaching and business support are freeExtensive support is available at an hourly fee. 

FORM CMGC Certificate Example

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.  

Creating Your Own Grief Certification Program 

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

The ‘Understanding Grief and Healing, “Grief Coaching,” and “Business Action Planning” modules which will include forms, worksheets, and resources will be available on Amazon and Kindle so they can be available hard-copy and used as textbooks.

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


For all or any of the information on this page to be explained by phone, please call Cathy Cheshire at 1-216-903-9723 or voice Skype cathycheshire_1 worldwide.

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