Grief is the journey . . .

  Gratitude is the destination

  From Grief to Gratitude

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Help Yourself   ▪   Help Others   ▪   Make a Difference

From Grief to Gratitude  Coach Certification Program is Accredited by the

International Coach Federation (ICF)


Spring 2018 Class Dates

February 27, 2018
April 10, 2018
May 27, 2018

Don't procrastinate as class size is limited.


“Each of us at some point has been directly or indirectly touched by loss and may unconsciously hold within us blocks of unresolved grief.  Imagine being as free as you can be to be able to move beyond this limitation and be more sensitive and tuned fully into your clients.”   ~~ Sheila Paxton, Author and Master Coach

"I am fully equipped to carry out my calling to walk with others on their grief journey after completing this program. Dora Carpenter is a grief expert and true servant leader."  ~~ Heather D. Horton, Washington, DC
"The program is a must attend for those seeking to assist others during the grief process, story and journey to healing and gratitude; furthermore, it is empowering to take a leap of faith and provide grief to gratitude services."   ~~ Sindile Dlamini, Washington, DC

“Thank you so very much for allowing me to be myself. Your course gave me clear understanding regarding the role of a grief coach. The information I now have has equipped me to make a strong, positive impact in the lives of other individuals. Thank you.”  ~~ Pat Day-McCray, Chicago, IL


  • -- Broaden your program offerings to serve a unique and underserved market
  • -- Reduce program interruption and client dropout rate
  • -- Identify and process any personal unresolved grief
  • -- Achieve emotional and financial rewards while reaching a global audience
  • -- Promote your expert status with a proven 5-step recipe that gets life-changing results
  • -- Practical tools and techniques that you can use with your clients immediately
  • -- Increase client retention and referrals by being the go-to grief coach in your community
  • -- Tap into a niche market with unlimited prospects
  • -- Enhance your coaching skills utilizing the International Coach Federation's  (ICF) core coaching competencies
  • -- Associate with a proven, successful, and well-recognized brand

To make sure that becoming a certified From Grief to Gratitude Coach is a good fit for you, we have a pre-enrollment application process.  Click on the button below.


COACHES:  Become an expert in a unique system that provides movement through the grieving process and takes clients to a life of fulfillment and gratitude.  Tap into a global market of millions who are affected by loss each year.  Expand your impact by coaching clients from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude.  


My Promise to You


As a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach, you will have the knowledge, skills, resources, and confidence to coach clients through the transformative process of handling the painful emotions of losing a loved one, getting on top of their grief, and moving forward in life with meaning and purpose in the shortest time possible.


What Your Program Includes

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program is supported on a state-of-the-art online program platform where you have 24/7 private access.  Your certification program includes:


  • -- Flexibility in scheduling and no travel required
  • -- Live interactive training calls for each program module
  • -- Recordings of training calls available for playback
  • -- Tools and resources to assist you when coaching clients
  • -- Private forum area in your online portal to share challenges and wins, and offer support and encouragement to your colleagues
  • -- Intern-While-You-Learn Program where you work with a pro-bono client during training
  • -- Quarterly mastermind calls to discuss trends in the industry, best practices, success strategies, and any pertinent information (optional)


Certification Program Overview

There is great satisfaction as a coach to get real results for your clients.  The unique inclusion of a life coaching element takes your client not only through the grieving process, but extends through embracing a life of joy, fulfillment, and gratitude.  Coaching clients from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude will never go unappreciated.


The 7-week From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program has six live interactive training modules where we focus on program-specific content and methodology, International Coach Federation (ICF) core competencies, and coaching activities and assignments.  Here is a look at the modules:

Module 1 - Foundations of Coaching Someone through Grief


This orientation module focuses on the prerequisites for successfully coaching your clients, understanding the ICF core competencies, the program format, delivery, expectations, and requirements for certification.


Module 2 – Giving Clients Permission to Grieve


You will have the knowledge, skills and resources to coach clients through the grieving process and help them understand and acknowledge their emotions.  Here is part of what we will cover:


  • -- Recognizing the many faces of grief
  1. -- Knowing the myths and avoiding the pitfalls
  2. -- Validating the uniqueness of the grief experience


Module 3 – Supporting Clients to Remember to Honor the Life and Legacy


This is where you will help your clients to accept the death and begin the transition from focusing on the death to remembering and honoring the life.    Some of the highlights are:


  • -- Confronting the reality of the death
  1. -- Creating rituals for remembrance
  2. -- Getting through the first year of grief
  3. -- Integrating loss into life



Module 4 – Guiding Clients to Incorporate New Traditions into Old Traditions


You will be able to coach your clients through creating renewed attitudes, behaviors, and perspectives resulting in transformative awareness and actions.  Key elements include:


  • -- Recognizing the "F" Factor: Fear, Forgiveness, and Faith
  • -- Creating new routines and activities
  1. -- Taking responsibility for a renewed life
  2. -- Completing the Wheel of Life Project


Module 5 – Encouraging Clients to Embrace Meaning and Purpose Going Forward


Here you will encourage and support clients to embrace a renewed purpose as they complete assignments focusing on “what’s next” activities.  Here are a few of the activities you will help them create:


  • -- The P.E.T. Project
  1. -- The Create Your Legacy Project
  2. -- The Future You Project


Module 6 – Championing Clients to Find Gratitude in the Gift of Now


Your clients are now ready to forge ahead and you will proficiently coach them through developing the blueprint for a successful journey to a place of fulfillment, happiness, and gratitude.  A few highlights are:


  • -- Giving yourself permission to move beyond grief
  1. -- Saying Yes! to it all
  2. -- The Personal Power Plan Project
  3. -- Evaluating your support system

The Intern-While-You-Learn Program gives you the opportunity to build your confidence and competence while working with a pro-bono coaching client.

At the conclusion of the program, you will be scheduled for a one-on-one consultation with the Program Director to ensure readiness for certification.  


Your investment:

Being part of the From Grief to Gratitude community means being part of a professional group of passionate, empowering, and successful team members. 

For a limited time only, I am offering this program for only $997 (a two-payment option is available).  ICF-credentialed coaches receive a $200 discount.

Click here to complete a pre-enrollment application, then you will be contacted to schedule a pre-enrollment interview, where we'll see if the program is the right fit for you.  I'll be honored to have you join our team!


Dora Carpenter, Founder and Program Director

From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program


What others are saying ...

I am truly grateful for this Program. If only I would have had this information years ago while experiencing many losses in my own life. I love helping people. Now I feel confident I'm equipped with the tools to fully make an impact on other’s lives as it's made a difference in mine. I look forward to journeying with my clients, and moving them From Grief to Gratitude, and helping them create their own legacy.  ~~ Rose Smith, Central City, Kentucky

The question was asked, about 24 hours ago… What am I grateful for?  I am grateful for God's gift of this abundant life.  Reflecting on my past five years, aware of the many storms arising and subsiding in my life.  The many ups and downs… grateful that I can put them all in its rightful place and continue to MOVE FORWARD.  Grateful for you Ms. Dora, for opening up some paths to do what I have known I was called to do.  To make a compassionate move to continue to heal myself while supporting others.  I know Dora there is a purpose and destiny for me as I continue to move forward and not get STUCK.  Thank you for your TOOL KIT for life. ~~ Patricia Blaino, Bowie, Maryland

I am glad that I was introduced to this program and I have learned a lot.  I plan on starting my own business with grief coaching in the future.  I just want to give back to my community and to uplift and empower them as they grieve the loss of their loved ones.  I send my love and condolences to all lost lives of these wonderful people in my hometown. ~~ Yasmine Johnson, Horntown, Virginia



Question:  Is this program only for coaches?


Answer:  Although coaches benefit by adding this expertise to their current service offerings and can use these 18 ICF Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units towards their ICF credential renewal requirements, the program is open to educators, health care professionals, death care professionals, clergy and lay persons, and anyone who wants to answer the compassionate call and help those grieving the loss of loved ones.  Maybe you might have some personal unresolved grief that hasn’t been addressed.  How would it feel to finally work through these blocks, and then be fully tuned in and present to help others?  Becoming a From Grief to Gratitude Certified Coach offers emotional and financial rewards, and your services will never go unappreciated.



Question:  Can I complete the program online or do I have to physically attend classes?


Answer:  This is a distance learning program and can be completed wherever you have access to the internet as weekly class sessions are conducted online.  Your Intern-While-You-Learn sessions with your pro-bono client can be conducted via telephone, online, or in person.



Question:  What is the class schedule and time commitment?


AnswerYou should be able to commit at least three hours weekly for the 6-week period to successfully complete the program.  The online class meets weekly for two hours on Tuesdays. Choose the morning class (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST) or the evening class (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST).  In addition to your class, you are required to work with a pro-bono client for 45-60 minutes each week.  During the 7th-week of the program, you will be scheduled for a one-on-one consultation with the Program Director for a final review to determine satisfactory completion for certification.



Question:  Will my class materials be provided in hard copy or digital?


Answer:  All class materials are in digital format and are delivered via your online coaching portal and/or via email.



Question:  Will I receive a certificate upon completion of the program?


Answer:  Yes.  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, you will receive a certificate documenting completion of the program and 18 International Coach Federation Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours in the areas of Core Competencies (7 hours) and Resource Development (11 hours).



Question:  Do you offer payment plans for the class tuition?


Answer:  Yes we do offer payment options as we want to make sure that you are able to comfortably make this investment in your future.  The program can be paid in full at $997.00 or two (2) payments of $547.00 each.  ICF-credentialed coaches receive a $200 discount.  



For additional questions, reach out to us here.



What Others are Saying . . .

"Yes, we have to have you on for another podcast! You are actually an authority on grief whether you know it or not. I'd like to focus on the helpful things a person can say to someone who is grieving and the supportive actions family and friends can use to support a grieving individual. Dora, it's not just that you know what you're talking about - it's clear that you've walked your talk AND are embodying. That doesn't mean that any of this stuff is easy - exactly the opposite, for that appears to be the definition of mastery: you've put in the blood, sweat, and tears and now from the "outside" it all looks like it's a breeze :)" ~~ Robert “Bob” Wright, Jr., Ph.D., COFT, Florida  (listen to podcast here)

"I just listened to your webinar and found it to be very emotionally rewarding.  It brought back many fond and loving memories of the blessed time we [my husband and I] shared.  I thank and praise God for you and the work that you're doing to enable others to move from grief to gratitude.  Keep up the good work." ~~ T. Minnick, Maryland

"I am pleased to share how impactful the two sessions on grief conducted by Dora Carpenter were. Our class was held inside of the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.  The participants were grieving various losses, from children to parents, etc.  We were all tremendously blessed and encouraged by the insight and wisdom we received from Ms. Carpenter.  She not only encouraged us to move forth, but she also challenged us to live our lives to the fullest, while providing practical steps we could take to do so.  I highly recommend this for anyone who is in the grieving process, as well as anyone who wants to help someone who is.  In addition, I was pleasantly surprised to discover her counsel also included ways to make preparation for that day when we all must face dealing with the death of a loved one." ~~ Lettie Carr, Chaplain, Women's Correctional Center, Maryland

“My coaching experience was absolutely wonderful.  It was the best week of my life because my coach tailored my instructions to fit me which encouraged me to see them in a different light and most importantly my coach listened to me.  I even went out of town and was thrilled that she came with me via the phone!  I was able to take ownership of the things that I was not doing and effectively implement the things that I knew I should be doing in a timely manner, resulting in a happier more effective me!  I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world because I am still on top of my game thanks to her.  My session ended some time ago and I am still encouraged by and overjoyed with this life changing experience.” ~~ R. Prather, Maryland  

"I received excellent tools to help me deal with the grief from my losses. I highly recommend." ~~ G. Billings, Washington, DC

"Very informative!  Dora is such a wonderful person and a blessing for so many people.  She has done so much for me to progress forward in life. Keep moving forward and keep shining that bright light."  ~~ R. Smith, Kentucky