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Important and necessary for certification to read this entire webpage at least once to understand options and procedures. Then use the “Summary & Payment” webpage also under the “Education” menu option.

Be sure to review the “Qualifications” and “Testimonials” webpages under the “Education” website menu option. “highly qualified … extremely knowledgeable … compassionate guidance

“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

Thank you
for your interest in learning and supporting others.

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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Certification Investment Summary

Module means information covering just one topic independently of other modules, which all work together to cover the main subject. Convenient 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.

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

Digital PDF documents are the only format available. They are programmed to be automatically emailed shortly after purchase. If not received, please check the spam folder. If they are missing, please call or email. You can always login to your account to access the information. All or any information can be printed. There may be a future hardcopy option.

Certification refers to the confirmation of information comprehension by someone who already has experience and skill. 

Advisors reviewed the initial program content and process.  Diverse experts included Sharon Ehlers, ( and Anissa Picard ( Backgrounds included 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.

Feedback from those certified is 100% positive. Your expectations and satisfaction with the program are important. Engaging experiences may be best remembered.

Flexibility of grief coaching, rather than grievers attempting a one-size-fits-all defined number of steps supports and empowers based on how loss is affecting their life. Education programs in your own words can be developed after understanding module content.

Timely phone follow-up and email response from a person is provided without phone trees, chat-only automated messages, long waits, email bombardment, or no-reply email address alerts. 

Purpose fulfillment or answering a “calling” has been recognized by experts as a significant way to nurture happiness. If 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 may be for you. As you evolve, inspiration can expand and be energizing as you have a meaningful impact on humanity. There is a great need for grief and healing education.

Jobs in fields 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.


    • No car, airplane, or hotel travel expense to learn.
    • Digital PDFs are inexpensive to provide.
    • The online test is automated.
    • Important program information is in writing. Certification time focuses on learning.
    • Easy to read and understand module information is self-study at your own pace.
    • Payments are available.
    • Necessary effective grief coach practicing for developing and maintaining skills with supervision is available at an hourly rate, but not essential for this fundamental ability. Self-driven options to turn skills into habits by practicing with others and basic support is free.  
    • There is no extra fee for the certification certificate.
    • There are no required additional fees to maintain certification.
    • There are no time limits on using what is learned.


    • Use the information learned from the modules or get certified anytime.
    • Certification is available worldwide all year in English or with a translator.
    • Learn for yourself and to support and educate others including family and friends.
    • Module information is self-study at your own pace with no added pressure.
    • Module information is easy to read and understand.
    • General terms are used whenever possible instead of scientific jargon, which is explained if included. 
    • No time-consuming travel or hassle away from family and work for certification.
    • Certification sessions can usually be scheduled promptly and as desired.
    • No sitting for hours or days in a class that may not be the best use of valuable time because some information is already known.
    • One-on-one discussion during certification hourly sessions efficiently focus on individual needs.
    • It is an option to be guided through each step by phone, text, or email.

Program Comparison Questions

    • 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. Self-styled professionals without formal grief education can teach but misinformation can be avoided 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 involving definite or possible expenses required to maintain certification?
    • What is the refund policy? What if you are not satisfied with the program?
    • Most states do not have legal requirements for a business using terminology including Academy, Center of Excellence, Institute, or International Association, so research organizations before doing business with them. It may not be best to let the name alone influence your purchasing decision.

Refund Policy

    • 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 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.


    • Understanding Grief and Healing Module
    • Grief Coaching Module
    • Master Grief Coach Certification
    • Coach and Therapist Grief Only Option
    • Small Business Action Planning Module
    • Optional Personalized Education 

Understanding Grief and Healing Module 

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. 

“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 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

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

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 completely focusing 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

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

Master Grief Coach Certification

Advantages of Master Grief Coach Certification 

    • 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

Experiencing even one coaching session from a professional who resonates with you, whether you are grieving or not, so you have a personal perspective when going through certification may provide beneficial insight. Certified Master Grief Coaches accepting new clients are listed under the “Grief Coaches” website menu option.

Certification Investment SummaryCertification refers to the confirmation of information comprehension by someone who already has experience and skill.

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.

Title “Certified Master Grief Coach” can be used or any other appropriate coaching title. Example coach-related titles are listed in the “Grief Coaching” module. Any other grief-related expertise like mind and body techniques, energy healing, and religious or spiritual expertise can be combined with this certification and can be used in a coaching title.

Mental illness grief coaching situations are always compassionately referred to a therapist who specializes in the disorder. Grief is not a mental illness, but unresolved can lead to it.

Small Business Action Planning” module is excluded from certification because a grief coaching business is optional. It is free after certification or can be purchased anytime.

Steps Summary

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STEP 1 Buy and study “Understanding Grief and Healing” & “Grief Coaching” modules
STEP 2 Complete online TEST (click)
Complete online AGREEMENT (click)
STEP 4 Complete online REGISTRATION (click)
STEP 5 Buy and schedule certification hourly sessions

Steps Detail

STEP 1 Buy & study “Understanding Grief & Healing” & “Grief Coaching” modules

  • Learn the information including forms. Grief-related information in the “Understanding Grief and Healing” module may come up during grief coaching. The more a grief coach knows, the greater opportunity to maintain and deepen the connection with clients. Grief related topics include:
      • Definitions
      • Sensitive and Empathic
      • Social Justice
      • Best Practices When Grief Affects Major Areas of Life
      • Before and After Death Information
      • Extraordinary Experiences
  • Easy content to read and understand but the information is not commonly known. 
  • Questions are welcomed by call, text, email and are encouraged throughout certification. Write down questions you want to ask during certification, so they are remembered. 

STEP 2 Complete online TEST (click)

  • Score with answers will be released to the email provided if the “Understanding Grief and Healing” & “Grief Coaching” modules were purchased. 
  • 40 true or false brief questions are straightforward if you are familiar with the material.
  • Modules can be referenced when taking the test.
  • Untimed online, but answers NOT saved when closing out of the test without completing it.
  • Passing score is at least 30/40 correct answers (75%).
  • Repeating the test unlimitedly anytime is allowed to improve the score.
  • Understanding what was learned from the modules is established.
  • Efficient use of certification time to answer questions and go deeper with the information makes the most of time and money invested is supported by having a test before discussion.
  • Missed test questions will be reviewed in the first certification hourly session.
  • Technical difficulties are rare, but please call or email right away if there are any. 

STEP 3 Complete online AGREEMENT (click)

  • Professionalism is important for all grief coaches. A reputation for Master Grief Coaches consistently providing excellent service supports the growth of the Master Grief Coach Certification program and may affect all Master Grief Coaches.
  • Discontinuing certification or revocation may happen if the agreement is not followed for this in-depth certification. 
  • Updates are free and include the most progressive information from experts. 
  • Copy will immediately be sent to the email provided.

STEP 4 Complete online REGISTRATION (click)

  • Confidentiality is a priority, and your information will never be shared.
  • Knowing those certified is necessary.  Anyone who wants to remain anonymous will not be certified. A certificate is not provided just because information was reviewed. The certificate received from this program certifies all requirements, education, testing, and training have been met. Competence is personally observed and enhanced as needed through the certification process.
  • Motivation for success understanding may enrich the certification process.
  • References are only contacted if they may enhance minimal registration information provided, so please be thorough.
  • Required questions must be completed to start the certification process. Contact will be made if there are concerns about any information provided.

STEP 5 Buy & schedule certification hourly sessions

  • Expert knowledge understanding is what is being certified. It is important for individuals to have opinions about what they feel is best for them, and viewpoints may come up during certification, but information from the modules is the focus.
  • Confidentiality of session discussions is maintained. Phone calls may be on speaker phone in private office to support neck health. 
  • Open-ended questions only about the grief and coaching module information will be asked. Sharing or asking about personal experiences or opinions is optional. Any personal information shared is confidential. 
  • 7 hourly one-on-one certification sessions include oral assessment of ability to apply what was learned. An initial pilot determined this timeframe. 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 less than two weeks and others in months. A maximum of 2 certification hours may be scheduled together. 
  • Schedule by calling or emailing a couple of convenient first certification hourly session date and time options. 
  • Video chat rather than phone may be requested for one, some, or all certification sessions with 24-hours advanced notice. Dressing casual is fine.
  • Recording certification hourly sessions may be used only for personal playback.
  • Cancel or change appointments within 24 hours.
  • Timely starting of sessions is important and your time is greatly respected. If you are not contacted with a few minutes of your session time, please call or email because most likely there is a scheduling or alarm reminder issue. 
  • Forms in the module printed or easy to access for reference during certification is beneficial, but if not available, the session can still occur. 
  • Individual needs are the focus of one-on-one time spent answering questions, clarifying any misunderstanding of information, and expanding knowledge
  • Definitions do not need to be memorized as answers to questions that may be asked. Concepts like why it is important to know definitions will be discussed.
  • Guessing rather than not answering, even if incorrect, is preferred and may generate better discussion. Clarifying information is a significant part of the certification process.
  • Incorrect responses to questions will be discussed and certification can still be awarded. 
  • Gaps identified in understanding the information studied are taught during one-on-one certification hourly sessions.
  • Guide is used to ensure an efficient consistent but flexible certification process based on individual needs. 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 and will be reviewed before the next certification session.
  • Unrelated topic discussions may be discussed before or after sessions. 
  • Employers are generally thankful any employee has quality grief education. A copy of the Master Grief Coach certification program, qualifications, and testimonials can be submitted to an employer to ask if they will recognize the education and to request tuition payment or reimbursement.
  • Agenda listed below is used, so it is clear what each session will cover. 

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


  • Option to pay in full, which saves future payment processing time.
  • Option to make 7 individual no-interest $60 payments if paid at least 24 hours before a scheduled certification hourly session to confirm and retain the session time. Calendar payment reminders can be used. Full remaining payment can be made anytime by adjusting the quantity of individual payments to the number of remaining certification hourly sessions before adding to the cart.
  • Payment links are also available on the Summary & Payment webpage. 

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

  • Certificate verifying Master Grief Coach certification accomplishments is emailed. There is no extra fee.

FORM CMGC Certificate Example

  • Profile less than 100 words, picture, and website or contact information option to be listed on the page of Certified Master Grief Coaches (click) 
  • Free support for grief coaching and business if you have read the most current modulesExtensive support is available at an hourly fee. 
  • Feedback and suggestions regarding future enhancements to the program come from Certified Master Grief Coaches, which includes an incredible breadth of education and professional expertise. 
  • Create Your Own Grief Certification Program with free basic support to Certified Master Grief Coaches with a desire to use their expertise to develop their own grief certification program.  There is a great need for diverse quality progressive grief education. Individual grief programs attract who they may best inspire and support.
  • Coach Resources Login” webpage, under the “Education” website menu option, password to free resources exclusively for Certified Master Grief Coaches.

Modules and Individual Forms
Copyright Permissions: Free Gifts, Presentations, Module Forms
Education Organizations
Expert Resources Recommended
Peer Coaching
Resources Alphabetical

Afterlife Experiences
Business Donation Request Websites
Coach Listing Websites
Coach Networking Facebook Pages
Coaching Book Suggestions
Coaching Demonstrations on YouTube
Coaching Resources
Coaching Volunteering
Death Planning Websites
Editing Software Websites
Education Online Tools
Freelance Websites
Gift and Specialty Websites
Grief Experts
Icons for Email Subject Line
Logo Creation Websites
Marketing Ad Examples
Marketing Book Suggestions
Marketing Tools (Pending)
Meaning Reconstruction Book Suggestions
Near-Death Experiences
Pet Loss Websites
Self-Care Websites and Book Suggestions
Sensitive Empathic Experts
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. It is NOT required to start a business after becoming a certified Master Grief Coach. The information can just be used for personal benefit and to support others.

Marketing initially and ongoing is essential for new grief coaching businesses. Experts recommend using your name or a general business name, so the same website can be used if future additional services are added.

Support after purchasing the business module is available. 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 or email.

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

Optional Personalized Education

Individual grief, coaching, or business education is available at an hourly rate. Basic coaching and business support are free. Extensive practice coaching time, refresher certification sessions, business planning, and business mentoring are examples of what may be requested. Please call or email to arrange.  


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