The goal of this course is to outline the concepts about grief that we feel are important for you to know as you navigate the murky waters of life after a loss.

General concepts covered in this course will include: Basic truths about grief; The myth of the grief timeline; Types of grief; Secondary loss; Grief theory overview; Coping; Effectively utilizing your support system; Locating resources in your community and online

Who should take this course?

This course is appropriate for anyone impacted by grief and anyone interested in learning more about grief and grief coping. Generally speaking, this course is designed for adults, although it may be appropriate for older teens. 

Technology and time commitment:

Participants should have access to a computer with Internet connection.

More about this course…

What does this course cover?

This course is focused on introducing concepts useful in conceptualizing grief and grief coping and helping participants understand these concepts within the context of their own experiences. Some of the concepts covered include:

  • Basic truths about grief
  • The myth of the grief timeline
  • Types of grief
  • Secondary loss
  • Grief theory overview
  • Coping
  • Effectively utilizing your support system
  • Locating resources in your community and online

Who should take this course?

The intent of the course is to help participants build a foundational understanding of grief and coping with grief.  It is appropriate for anyone impacted by grief and anyone interested in learning more about grief and grief coping. Generally speaking, this course is designed for adults, although it may be appropriate for older teens. If you are a grief professional or mental health professional, we recommend you check out the course Grief 101: A Primer for Helping Professionals.

How does this course work?

This course is self-guided which means it is up to the participant to “guide” themselves through.  They decide when to log on, when to read lessons, and when to complete activities in the Navigating Grief Workbook. We’ll check in via email and provide participants with some guidance on how to pace the course. However, participants are ultimately free to move from lesson to lesson at their own discretion. 

The Guide To Navigating Grief workbook:

After you register for this course you will receive a confirmation email with a link to download a PDF workbook called ‘Navigating Grief Workbook’. This workbook contains activities that correspond with the different lessons in this course. Activities are optional, however, we strongly encourage participants to complete them as they walk through the course.  It is our hope that they will help to provide participants with a better understanding of their grief and, in the end, a practical plan for coping with life after loss.

Course Curriculum

Section One
Guide to Navigating Grief: Orientation 00:00:00
Goals and Objectives 00:00:00
Basic and General Truths About Grief 00:00:00
Grief Impact Activity 00:00:00
The Myth of the Linear Grief Timeline 00:00:00
Section Two
Introduction To Section Two 00:00:00
The Theory of Shattered Assumptions 00:00:00
Secondary Loss 00:00:00
Types of Grief 00:00:00
An Introduction to Grief Theory 00:00:00
Section Three
Introduction to Section Three 00:00:00
When Your Support System is Grieving 00:00:00
Utilizing Your Support System 00:00:00
Locating Resources 00:00:00
Locating Support: Grief Counseling 00:00:00
Locating Support: Support Groups 00:00:00
Locating Support: Online Support 00:00:00
Locating Support: Your Community 00:00:00
Section Four
Introduction to Section Four 00:00:00
Conceptualizing Progress in Grief 00:00:00
Determining Direction: Your Values Compass 00:00:00
Avoidance 00:00:00
Negative Coping 00:00:00
A Brief Overview of Coping 00:00:00
Well-Being Coping 00:00:00
Coping With the Emotions of Grief 00:00:00
Continuing Bonds With Your Loved One 00:00:00
Memorializing and Remembrance 00:00:00
Coping: Just do it! 00:00:00
Coping Plan Commitment 00:00:00
The End of Our Journey Together 00:00:00

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  1. Great Grief Course


    I really enjoyed being able to go through this online course at my own pace.
    As a grief counselor, I took away a ton of valuable resources for my clients with this course and learned a lot about grief that I never thought of before. Thanks for putting this together.
    Kevin Tennill, LPC

  2. A Guide to Navigating Grief


    Quick and easy to follow through. Helpful tips and insights with further reading available.

  3. Thank you.


    I am a hospice chaplain, and I have conducted a grief support class in the recent past. Being the first one, my knowledge was not that extensive. Still, I acknowledged that to the class, and we had a good class. I took your class in order to expand my knowledge of the grief “process” so that I might be more helpful in future classes. Your class was tremendous, and I hope to be able to contribute better in the future while still recognizing my limitations.

    My classes are naturally faith based. Having that as my focus, I wanted to contribute something to your understanding of the context of the quote from 1 Thessalonians, telling the believers at Thessalonica not to grieve about those who are asleep. Paul had been to Thessalonica and had brought the hope of the resurrection to them. However, at that time they believed that Christ was probably coming back during their lifetime. That being the case, they were wondering what would happen to those who died before His coming. Paul was assuring them that those who died would be coming back with Christ, and those who were alive would join their departed ones in the air. Paul was not telling them that they should not be grieving at their loss. Even Christ grieved at the loss of a life when he saw the grief of the relatives and friends of Lazarus as described in the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of John. This does not take anything away from your statement that our faith can confuse our feeling about our grief; but this text (at least within the context) probably did not lead to the quote, “those who believe need not grieve”.

    Thank you again for your insight and shared experiences.

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