Grief Coaching Center

What is Grief Coaching?

"Grief is a process to work through; that's why it's called 'grief work.' Having a knowledgeable coach to walk with arm-in-arm can be a valuable way to learn how to grieve." Debra Philips

"Don't let anyone take your grief away from you. You deserve it. If you had a broken leg, no one would criticize you for using crutches until it was healed. If you had major surgery, no one would pressure you to run in a marathon the next week. Grief is a major wound. It does not heal overnight. You must have the time and the crutches you need until you heal." H. Norman Wright

Grief coaching involves:

* Support
* Understanding
* Care and Comfort
* Tools for achieving joy and fulfillment
* Vision for the future

"Whatever the origin, we identify with the offering of those we help. Our moral compulsion to mitigate the pain of those we help gains energy from our own humanness, our own vulnerability. Our ability to do sustained and effective work with other human beings depends upon our ability to integrate and balance the light of compassion and empathy with the darkness in our lives." H. Norman Wright

Is Grief Coaching for you?

Perhaps the concept of grief coaching is new to you. Although many people are familar with the notion of grief counseling, we believe that grief does not typically require counseling. However, a certified grief coach has the tools and expertise to skillfully guide individuals through the process of mourning their loss and getting started on the road to recovery.

People from all walks of life can benefit from training as a grief coach. Ministers, church leaders, lay counselors, therapists and other compassionate individuals will find the tools and techniques obtained through training with the Grief Coaching Center to be a worthwhile endeavor, furthering their purpose and expanding possibilities for ministry and personal care services.

The demand for grief coaching services is growing with each passing year. In 2009, the US Census Bureau estimates that about 2.4 million people will die, leaving behind millions of people who will struggle with sorrow and remembrance. By 2010, the number of deaths is expected to rise to 2.6 million, and by 2024 as many as 4 million Americans will depart this world annually.

Grief coach Rick Unruh describes grief coaching as a process that "begins by co-creating a map to help the bereaved to see where they are now and where they want to be."

When someone is faced with a loss, it may seem as though life will never be normal again. For this reason, H. Norman Wright, who himself has experienced loss, says grief coaching is about creating "a new kind of normal."

Coaches provide:

* A sounding board for decision making.
* A vehicle for professional and personal growth.
* A means of motivation for strong, positive action.
* A steadfast source of unconditional support and encouragement.

Coaching is not counseling...

Coaching begins by recognizing an individual's ability to heal, address issues, confront challenges and take action. The role of the grief coach is to bring these attributes to the surface at a time when they may not be apparent to a struggling survivor.

While therapy or counseling is also centered on healing, the focus is often solely on the individual's improved emotional state. Coaching involves forging a positive vision for the future and creating strategies for achieving specific life goals with an emphasis on action and accountability.

The Grief Coaching Center will begin offering training in January 2010 for a limited number of participants. This unique program provides interested individuals with an opportunity to learn the basics of coaching from trainer Kimberly Dinsdale, coach trainer of the year, and the specifics of grief coaching from nationally-recognized expert H. Norman Wright. The training will be made available via telephone conversations for twelve weekly, one-on-one personalized sessions designed for the greatest impact.

Special pricing of $1269 is available for students who are registered and have their tuition paid by December 10. There is a great demand for trained and effective grief coaches, which makes the introductory rate for the Grief Coaching Center an exceptional value for prospective coaches.

Enroll now to become a Certified Grief Coach
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