Grief Work Training


Earn a certificate in Grief Work this summer.

This 6-week Grief Work Training is open to all involved in holding space for life’s difficult passages. Mental health providers, birth & death doulas, hospice and hospital chaplains, as well as religious/spiritual leaders are particularly welcome.

Included in the tuition for this training is a 50-minute Holding Space Consultation. Participants will also work in small study groups over the course of our 6-week study.

Members of the Institute receive 50% off of the tuition for this course. Simply enter the membership coupon code upon check out. 



Grief is everywhere in the news lately.

It is estimated that at least 37,000 children in the US have lost a parent to Covid-19 thus far. So many billions of us have experienced deep sorrow and stress throughout the pandemic impacting daily rhythms, school, health, and finances.

We can acknowledge both the reality of this tremendous sorrow and acknowledge the good that comes when grief-phobic cultures pays heed to the powerful, normative, and often-maligned energies/emotions of grief. Grief is inherent in life ~ and with the pandemic, we are (finally) talking about it more openly.


How can you serve your community, care for self, & nourish your family at this time?
How can you navigate this grief?

This summer, join Institute founder/director Amy Wright Glenn
for a 6-week intensive training on Grief Work

July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14
12-2pm EST


Because we are human, we know birth, breath, and death. Whether we show up in this world as a doula, teacher, parent, activist, caregiver, or are involved in the corporate realm ~ we encounter grief.

Because we love, we grieve.

Participants will deeply explore, examine, and encounter six dimensions to grief work drawing upon recent scholarship regarding the physiology of loss and bereavement as well as insights drawn from the world’s wisdom traditions. 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 national, economic, religious, social, racial, sexual, and gender identity. An exploration of climate justice and grief in relation to climate change concludes the course.

Included in the tuition for this training is a 50-minute Holding Space Consultation. Participants will also work in small study groups over the course of our 6-week study.



Participants will be drawing upon key selections from two texts as part of this 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






Upon the successful completion of this 17-hour training, participants will be more deeply and confidently able to address six dimensions of grief within their personal and professional circles of influence. We will mindfully and compassionately explore of the following:

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?

Two hours in webinar study with Amy Wright Glenn are devoted to the six dimensions of grief work described above. Building upon these 12-hours of live study via Zoom, participants will also experience a 50-minute consultation, small group work, and benefit from reading selected passages of our two training texts to equal a total training time of 17 hours.

All webinars are recorded for participants only. One need not be present live in order to participate and complete this training. 


So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.
~ E.A. Bucchianeri