Grief Work Teacher Training


This summer, become certified to teach a 6-hour Grief Work course through the Institute. Become part of the movement to transform our culture’s understanding and approach to grief. Receive the training needed to share research-based insights with deep compassion and care.

*Institute members receive 50% off of their tuition, paying $225. Simply enter your Institute member code upon check out. All are welcome to join the Institute ~ membership is lifelong. (Scholarships available). 


This summer, become certified to teach a 6-hour Grief Work course through the Institute.

How can you serve your community, care for self, & nourish your family given the reality and intensity of grief?

How can we acknowledge grief’s tremendous/ transformative power and challenge our grief-phobic culture’s resistance to its normative and often-maligned energies?

Become a part of transforming our culture’s understanding of grief.

Participants in this 22-hour, online, Grief Work Teacher Training will deeply explore, examine, and prepare to teach about six dimensions of grief work. Drawing upon recent scholarship regarding the physiology of loss and bereavement as well as insights drawn from Dr. Joanne Cacciatore’s work, participants in the Grief Work Teacher Training emerge equipped to combine best practice, research-based knowledge, and deep compassion to their teaching.

Grief Work Teacher Training meets
on the following Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm EST
August 1, 15, 29 ~  September 12, 26 ~ October 10

The Grief Work Teacher Training focuses upon the following six dimensions of grief. Participants will focus upon each dimension for 3-hour modules offered once every other week over the course of 12 weeks.

Emotional ~ What does grief do to our emotional world? How does grief connect to anger, denial, hope, gratitude, and love? Do we feel safe expressing our grief? To whom?

Spiritual ~ How does grief connect to an understanding of mystery, the spirit, God? What role does grief play in religious or spiritual ritual? How does grief connect to our understanding of death?

Physical ~ What impact does grief have on the body? How does our physiology express grief? What happens to our body when grief is repressed? What can we learn about the four F’s (fight, flight, fear, and fawn) in relationship to grief?

Mental ~ What happens to our memories when they are colored by grief? How does grief impact our capacity and willingness to explore our mental health? How does grief impact our cognition ~ especially when we are in hyper or hypo aroused states of awareness?

Social ~ What were the messages of grief that we learned from our family/community through childhood? What message about grief do we adopt from our larger culture?  How does the intersectionality of our identities impact the way our society receives, frames, or ignores our grief? In what way do animals experience and/or share our grief? What rituals connect us to the grief of others?

Environmental ~ How does grief intersect with climate change? In what ways do the profound shifts on our planet today with regard to species extinction and the questions of climate justice connect to personal and collective trauma/grief? How can we hold space for grief that arises due to an existential threat to the systems of life upon which we depend?

Participants will make personal connections to the material drawing upon their own experience of grief. Particular attention will be placed on exploring how grief shows up ~ and is profoundly impacted ~ by the intersection of one’s identity within society. An exploration of climate justice and grief in relation to climate change concludes the course.

Required reading from these two texts are a part of the Grief Work Teacher Training:

Bearing the Unbearable ~ Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief ~ by Joanne Cacciatore

Holding Space ~ on Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn







“Our grief is a holy thing. It is that proof that another life touched ours in a profound way. It is the mark of love, the mark of connection, and the mark of a life well lived.”
~Tracie Barrett-Welser