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

Date: This next section of this course will begin June 12, 2017

Length of course: 6 weeks

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. We recommend participants plan to spend 1.5-4 hours per week on this course, although participants are free to participate as much or as little as like.

More about this course…

What will this course cover?

This course will introduce concepts important in conceptualizing grief and grief coping and help participants to 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 will begin on June 12th and the class session will formally run for six weeks, until July 24th.  During the formal class session, we will provide weekly lessons and activities and facilitate ongoing discussion in the class forum.  Students are encouraged to keep pace with lessons and to participate in class discussion, however they aren’t required.  Those who wish to progress through the course on their own are free to do so and although the class session officially ends on July 24th, the course will remain available for participants who wish to finish at a later date.

So, this course is kind of interactive?

A common misconception of online learning is that it can’t be social or personal.  While we recognize that some people prefer to learn on their own, we also believe that course content and learning experiences can be greatly enriched by the feedback and support of peers and instructors. For this reason, we strive to provide opportunities for interpersonal interaction and we encourage class participants to connect with the broader class community.

Course Curriculum

Week One
Guide to Navigating Grief: Start Here 00:00:00
The Navigating Grief Classroom 00:00:00
Goals and Objectives 00:00:00
Truth Number One: Your grief is unique 00:00:00
Truth Number Two: Grief is multifaceted 00:00:00
Truth Number Three: There are many types of losses 00:00:00
Truth Number Four: Coping is a broad concept 00:00:00
Truth Number Five: Avoidance and negative coping can complicate things 00:00:00
Truth Number Six: Grief is forever 00:00:00
The Myth of the Linear Grief Timeline 00:00:00
Week Two
An Introduction To Week Two 00:00:00
Secondary Loss 00:00:00
Types of Grief 00:00:00
Grief Theory 00:00:00
Week Three
An Introduction to Week Three 00:00:00
When Your Support System is Grieving 00:00:00
Utilizing Your Support System 00:00:00
Locating Resources in Your Community 00:00:00
End of Week Three 00:00:00
Week Four
An Introduction to Week Four 00:00:00
Conceptualizing Progress in Grief 00:00:00
Determining Direction: Your Values Compass 00:00:00
Stuck-Points 00:00:00
A Brief Overview of Coping 00:00:00
Well-Being Coping: Introduction 00:00:00
Well-Being Coping: Just do it! 00:00:00
Grief Coping: The Emotions of Grief 00:00:00
Grief Coping: Addressing Avoidance 00:00:00
Grief Coping: Remembering and Memorializing 00:00:00
The End of Our Journey 00:00:00

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  1. 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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