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It is highly recommended to read this entire page at least once to answer questions including ones you may not have thought about yet. Then use the Summary & Payment webpage.

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“highly qualified…extremely knowledgeable…compassionate guidance”

If your own grief and healing journey has resulted in feeling called to inspire, support, and serve grievers in a proven healthy way, this program may be for you. Follow your intuition!

Healing from inevitable suffering is a journey involving individual inner wisdom about how the mind, emotions, body, and spirit interact in the present moment to become whole again or for the first time.

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

Master Grief Coach certification steps & payment options are available with detailed explanations throughout this page. It is important to initially read the details for policies and answers to most questions.

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

Program Details and Options

Certification Investment Summary

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. There is no extra fee for the certification certificate.

$ $ $  Payments Available  $ $ $ 

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.

*Over 230 Grief, Coaching, and Specialty Experts Researched and Recommended 

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. 

“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, Portland Institute for Loss and Transition Director

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

Computer and Cathy PhoneIf your grief and healing journey awakened a deep longing to explore your unique way to use healthy information to uplift those stuck in despair, this program is for you. Responding to the calling can accelerate inspiration and be energizing as your purpose evolves and you make a meaningful impact on humanity.

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

IMPORTANT: All modules and forms are currently only available digitally. They are programmed to be automatically emailed shortly after purchase. If you do not receive them, please check your spam folder. If they are missing, please call 1-216-903-9723 or email You can also always login to your account to access the information. There may be a hardcopy option through Amazon in the future.

Understanding Grief and Healing Module 

Updated and Expanded Edition Revised November 1, 2020

Individual purchase or required if being certified. After 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. 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 everyone and healing is possible. None of the information includes other personal opinions. General terms are used whenever possible instead of scientific jargon, which is explained if included. 

“Over 95% of mental health professionals were never told anything about what the mind is.”
– Daniel Siegel, MD, Neuropsychiatrist

Without healthy information about grief and healing, there is a risk of making up theories or absorbing the information you happen to come across from others that is not helpful or in your best interest.  You can start with major research findings, and decide what is best for you. Wisdom may come from multiple perspectives.

220 pages, one PDF File, 8.5″ x 11″ page size, standard margins, 1.5″ line spacing

Prominent Experts
Grief Experts
Thought Experts
Sensitive Empath Experts

No refunds for digital module products. For module content questions, please call 1-216- 903-9723 or email 

Sample section of the “Understanding Grief and Healing” Module
Thought Emotion and Body Healing Wisdom

For a summary of topics included click on the module title. 

Grief Coaching Module

Updated and Expanded Edition Revised November 1, 2020

Individual purchase or required if being certified. After 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.

“A new era of coaching is emerging, and one of the drivers is neuroscience, telling us how change happens.” – Joel Monk, Co-founder, Coaches Rising

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.

94 Pages, one PDF File, 8.5″ x 11″ page size, standard margins, 1.5″ line spacing

No refunds for digital module products. For module content questions, please call 1-216- 903-9723 or email

For a summary of topics included click on the module title. 

Master Grief Coach Certification Steps

No education or experience prerequisites to start the Master Grief Coach Certification program. It may benefit you to experience even one coaching session from a professional who resonates with you, so you have a personal perspective when going through this program.

Certification Investment SummaryCertification 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.

The title “Certified Master Grief Coach” can be used or any other coaching title. Example coach related titles are listed in the “Grief Coaching” module.  Any religious or spiritual expertise can be combined with this certification and can be used in the coaching title.

STEP 1 Complete & receive approval of the online APPLICATION (click here)
STEP 2 Buy & study “Understanding Grief & Healing” & “Grief Coaching” modules
STEP 3 Complete the online TEST (click here)
Complete the online AGREEMENT (click here)
STEP 5 Buy & schedule certification hourly sessions

You will receive timely phone follow-up and email response from a person without phone trees, chat-only automated messages, 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 is no travel expense or risk, easy to read information can be studied at your desired pace with no pressure. No sitting for hours or days in a class that may not be the best use of your valuable time because you already know some of the information. The online test is automated, and one-on-one discussion certification hourly sessions efficiently focus on individual needs.  There are NO ongoing fees or time limits on using what you learn.

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 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? 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?
  • Are any continuing education hours at your expense required to maintain certification?
  • What is the refund policy?

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 & receive approval of the online APPLICATION (click here)

  • Please do not complete an application or pay until you are ready to be certified.
  • 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.  
  • The application is 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. There is no extra fee for the certification certificate.
  • References are only contacted if it may enhance the application information provided. 
  • Only candidates with complete responses to the required application 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.
  • Anyone who wants to remain anonymous will not be certified.

Note: You can purchase and review the “Understanding Grief and Healing” and “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 Buy & study “Understanding Grief & Healing” & “Grief Coaching” modules

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

STEP 3 Complete the online TEST (click here)

  • The test is to confirm understanding of what you learned from the modules so we can be efficient with our time during the certification hourly sessions where we go deeper with the information. 
  • Study the “Understanding Grief and Healing” & “Grief Coaching” modules before taking the online test.
  • There are 58 straight-forward questions. The test can be previewed, and the modules can be referenced when taking the untimed test, but answers are not saved when closing out of the test without completing it.  A passing grade is 45/58 questions (77%).  The test can be unlimitedly repeated to improve the score.
  • A copy of the test responses will be immediately sent to the email provided.
  • The detailed test score will be released with answers and emailed as soon as possible after it has been confirmed STEP 1 (approved application) and STEP 2 (purchased grief and coaching modules to study) have been completed.
  • Any missed test questions will be reviewed in the first certification hourly session.
  • Call 1-216-903-9723 or email if you have any technical difficulties.

STEP 4 Complete the online AGREEMENT (click here)

  • The Master Grief Coach Certification online agreement is 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 may affect 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 Buy & schedule certification 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. 

  • Buy certification training, paying in full or per hourly session.
  • Oral assessment of your ability to apply what you learned includes 7 hourly one-on-one certification 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 certification hourly session, or you will be contacted to schedule. One or two certification hourly sessions per week are recommended, but your preference will be made the priority. Some have completed the certification hourly sessions in two weeks and others in months. 
  • Please change or cancel appointments within 24 hours.
  • You will be called on time for each certification hourly 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. 
  • 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
  • Any gaps identified in understanding the information studied are fully taught during one-on-one certification hourly sessions.
  • You may still be certified if you ever do not answer questions correctly during any certification hourly session. You are encouraged to guess if not certain about an answer. Definitions do not need to be memorized. Concepts like why it is important to know definitions will be discussed.
  • With 24-hours advanced notice, you may request certification session appointments by video chat. You may dress very casually, including wearing a t-shirt and baseball hat.
  • The grief coach being certified may record hourly certification sessions only for their personal playback use.
  • A guide is used to ensure an efficient consistent certification process. Anything else can be discussed or shared at the end of individual hourly certification sessions when possible. Extensive information desired to be shared can be emailed anytime to, and it will be reviewed prior to the next certification session.

Master Grief Coach Certification Agenda
Each certification session is an hour by phone or video chat if requested. 

Understanding Grief & Healing Module
Session 1
Introduction and Review Test Questions Missed
Grief Expert Definition – Suicide, Pages 9 – 111
Session 2
Mindfulness – Thought & Emotion Worksheet, Pages 112 – 141
Session 3
Life Action Planning Worksheet – Dreams Achieved, Pages 142 – 169
Financial Planning and Loving Relationships Worksheets
Session 4
Expert Disagreement – Mind and Body Techniques, Pages 170 – 212

Grief Coaching Module
Session 5
Grief Coaching and Therapy Comparison – Dealing with Difficult People, Pages 10 – 44
Session 6
Service Case Study – Coaching Sessions Guide Example Phrasing, Pages 45 – 86
Session 7
Coaching Situations Example Phrasing, Pages 87 – 91
Support Available and Certification Finalization

$ $ $  Payments are available  $ $ $ 

One full payment can be completed, or 7 individual no interest $60 payments can be made if they are paid at least 24 hours before a scheduled certification hourly session to confirm and retain your session time. You can enter payment reminders on your calendar. When making individual payments, full remaining payment can be made any time by adjusting the quantity of individual payments to the number of remaining certification hourly sessions before adding to the cart. Full payment saves you future payment processing time and individual payments may help with budgeting. Payment links are also available in the quick access section link at the top of this page. 


  • Master Grief Coach certification time, satisfaction, and financial investment is valued and appreciated.
  • Email subscribe at the upper right-hand corner of any page to receive periodic newsletters, which include price increase advanced notice.
  • No refunds for digital module products. For module content questions, please call 1-216-903-9723 or email
  • The prorated Master Grief Coach hourly certification time paid but unused will be refunded, minus a 5% service fee. This applies to a refund request from an applicant by email to, or if at any point during certification it is identified the applicant does not understand the grief and coaching information enough to be certified, and the applicant does not want to study more.
  • Master Grief Coach hourly certification sessions full or hourly payment made without scheduling for 90 days, will be automatically refunded, minus a 5% service fee, unless a request for other arrangements from an applicant by email to has been approved. Master Grief Coach certification session full or hourly payment may be made again, and this same policy applies.
  • Operating efficiently supports minimizing the program fee, so Cathy Cheshire LLC will not hold, track, or follow-up on your money, and does not want it to be forgotten.

Coach and Therapist Grief Only Option

“There has always been a deep need for therapists, social workers, and counselors to provide grief support to clients, but most programs in these fields do not require coursework in grief. This leaves many clinicians trying to adapt other approaches not appropriate or evidence-informed.” – Eleanor Haley, MS, Counseling Psychology and Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Work

For those who email documentation of coaching certification or counseling/therapy education or licensing they already have to, full Master Grief Coach Certification can be completed by only buying and studying the “Understanding Grief and Healing” module if it is strongly felt the coaching part of the online test is already understood. Only certification hourly sessions 1-4 detailed above need to be completed at the prorated certification fee of $240. Certified coaches and licensed therapists have found including the 3 coaching certification hourly sessions to be helpful or a great reminder, but it is your choice. The certification hourly session 4 will include “Support available & Certification finalization” as in session 7.

All benefits listed are available after certification, including access to the “Grief Coaching” and “Small Business Action Planning” modules.

Certification Benefits

After certification, as long as you maintain your certification by following the agreement, ongoing access to the following benefits is available.

  • A professional Cathy Cheshire LLC Master Grief Coach certificate and a certification logo name badge including “Certified Master Grief Coach” verifying accomplishments are emailed. There is no extra fee for these.

MGC Your Name Here Cropped

FORM CMGC Certificate Example

  • Option for your picture, profile less than 100 words, and website or other contact information to be listed on the page of Certified Grief Coaches (click here) 
  • Option to use a free webpage on and PayPal only charges you a small fee as you receive each client payment from PayPal.
  • Free basic coaching and business support as long as you have read the most current modulesExtensive 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. 
  • A password to the “Coach Resources Login” webpage, which includes free resources exclusively for Certified Master Grief Coaches. Contents include:

Modules and Individual Forms
Copyright Permissions for Gifts and Presentations
Education Organizations
Peer Coaching
Resources Alphabetical

Contents: Afterlife Experiences, Business, Business Donation Request Websites, Children, Client Exercises, Coach Listing Websites, Coaching and Therapy Online Demonstrations, Coaching Resources, Coaching Volunteering, Death, Death Planning Businesses, Editing, Education Tools, Embodiment, Employer Cost of Grief, Encouragement, Energy, Feelings, Fees, Freelance Businesses, Gift and Specialty Websites, Grief, Grief Coaching Book Suggestions, Grief Experts, Icons for Email Subject Line, Life Category Examples, Logo Creation, Marketing Ad Examples, Marketing Book Suggestions, Marketing False Information, Marketing Resources, Meaning Reconstruction Book Suggestions, Mockup Software, Near-Death Experiences, Neuroscience, Pet Loss, Relationships, Self-Care, Sensitive Empathic Experts, Suicide, Technology Popular, Thought Experts, Trauma-Informed Schools

Small Business Action Planning Module

Individual purchase, certification does not include this topic, 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

No refunds for digital module products. For module content questions, please call 1-216-903-9723 or email 

For a summary of topics included click on the module title. 

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 certification sessions, business planning, and business mentoring. All personalized education is available at $60/hour. Please call 1-216-903-9723 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.