The mission of the WYG school is to provide an online learning space for all people wishing to explore, learn, and connect around topics related to grief, grief-coping, loss, and grief support. As with all WYG endeavors, our goal is to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment that respects all learning and grieving styles.

Well, that depends on how you define school. If you ascribe to the definition, “any institution at which instruction is given in a particular discipline” then yes!

To be specific, the What’s Your Grief School is an online space created by the founders of the grief website What’s Your Grief for the purposes of providing online grief support and education. Although some professional courses have continuing education units (CEUs) associated with them, the school does not provide college credits, diplomas, or certificates.

Our courses are appropriate for any person who would like to learn about topics related to grief, loss, and grief support. That said, the majority of our courses are designed with the following groups in mind:

  • People grieving the loss of a loved one and/or non-death losses
  • Professionals and volunteers working with people grieving the death of a loved one and/or non-death losses

As you may have noticed, each of our eCourses is categorized as one of the following: solo learning, collaborative learning, and learning for professionals. The categories ‘solo learning’ and ‘collaborative learning’ were created to address the diverse preferences, learning styles, and lifestyles of our students. Generally speaking, students can expect the following from each type of course:

  • Solo learning courses: These courses are 100% independent and self-paced. They allow the student to navigate through the course as fast or as slow as they would like. These classes do not include a forum or class discussion component.
  • Collaborative learning courses: These courses are generally paced by the instructor. Usually they involve a designated start date and take place over a set number of weeks (i.e. 4 or 6 weeks). Typically lessons are provided at the beginning of each week and there is (optional) discussion related to lesson topics in the class forum throughout the week. In collaborative learning courses instructors act as guides and there is the opportunity to connect with other classmates.

Currently, all courses being offered at the WYG school have been designed by Eleanor Haley, MS and Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C (that’s us).  We are the co-founders of the grief websites, ‘What’s Your Grief’, ‘PhotoGrief’, and ‘Grief in Six Words’. Together we have over 18 years of experience working in grief and bereavement, both in person and online. Additionally, we both have experience teaching at colleges throughout the state of Maryland.

We are in the process of developing a handful of professional courses. It is our intention to offer CEUs for several different professional disciplines. When applicable, the number, type, and cost of CEUs will be indicated in the course’s description.

Most of our courses have a moderate tuition associated with them. Whenever possible, we offer mini-courses and stand-alone lessons for free, but the fact of the matter is that cost in an unavoidable necessity in keeping this online learning space up and running. Ultimately we hope that you will trust us to keep fees as low as possible and that you find our comprehensive courses are worth the investment.

Yes, absolutely! We would be happy to work with your organization to create a customized and private course for your employees, volunteers, and/or those you serve.  Email us at whatsyourgrief@gmail.com for details.


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