and David Kessler

Grief Educator Certification

Help Others Navigate the Rocky Terrain of Grief


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Help People in Grief Find Peace After Even the Most Devastating Losses

Grief Educator Certification is a comprehensive grief training program led by renowned Grief Expert, David Kessler to help you confidently guide others and heal your own heart.

There's a Reason You're Here

You know the heartbreak of loss. You've experienced or seen in your clients that grief and trauma can break our hearts, obscure hope, and wreak havoc on lives. 

You know that there is no magical solution to just "get over" or "move on” grief. And yet, you've also experienced that we're more resilient than we ever imagined. You've seen that - in time and with help - we grow around our painful wounds and we can experience the sweetness of peace, and remember with more love than pain.

Perhaps you wish there had been someone there to take your hand and guide you through the worst days. Or maybe something inside of you is whispering that you would like to help others find peace. Perhaps you would like to have even more tools and techniques to share with your clients or even those who come to you as a friend, seeking hope.

Together, we can make a powerful difference. For those in their darkest days, we can shine a light and point the way towards healing.

Confidently Lead the Way

Nourish Your Spirit While Helping Others Find peace

Change Lives

Understand and practice implementing effective techniques to help others find resilience they never knew they had after life’s most challenging events

A Proven Pathway

Learn life-changing strategies for compassionate listening and pragmatic, future-focused exercises to map a healing plan 

Helping is Healing

Your experience matters. Your story has meaning and you can help others find healing and hope after even the most heartbreaking losses

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A Proven Process that Changes Lives

In this training, you'll learn the roadmap to compassionately and effectively coach others in grief:

  • Get an In-depth understanding of¬† death, dying, trauma, and grief
  • Learn the 6 needs of the grieving and how to¬†help others remember with more love than pain
  • Resources to combat the most common setbacks that follow a loss
  • Learn how to build strong connections with your clients
  • Powerful and practical interventions to offer hope to even the most challenging client¬†
  • The tools to create and lead grief groups and mentor clients in one-to-one relationships
  • Learn the proven strategies to help with suicide, child loss, addiction, and challenging grief
  • Includes group-management strategies and transformational exercises¬†
  • Self-care essentials to serve others without depleting yourself

When you have the right tools and the experience to confidently guide people in grief not only will you see their lives dramatically change, but when you’re living your purpose you will experience the fulfillment that comes from knowing that helping truly is healing.


"In grief, the first person you wish you could talk to is no longer alive. The second person to talk to is another who understands grief and wants to meet you right where you are."

- David Kessler

What You Can Expect in Grief Educator Certification Training

We've created this program to empower you to help people recover from the devastation of grief

  • Weekly Live Teaching¬†to understand the unpredictable path of grief and help others find their way to create a legacy of loving peace

  • Private Training Website¬†with all the resources you need to have the¬†solid foundation you need to help people

  • Weekly Zoom Labs¬†so we can¬†dive deeper into the weekly training, ask questions, and¬†support each other

  • Fast-Action Worksheets¬†to¬†help you internalize the teaching and make it more meaningful to you and those you serve¬†

  • Ongoing Support¬†- Once you are certified, you will continue to have opportunities to learn from David as well as participate in a volunteer program to gain experience helping people in grief

  • Listing¬†-¬†Certified Grief Educators are eligible for an exclusive listing on

  • 3 BONUS¬†Video Training Modules

  • BONUS¬†Live Guest Sessions

Help others move beyond the suffering of loss to create meaning


Now is the Time

Never has there been a moment when those who are in the depths of grief and trauma could use more support. As a Certified Grief Educator, you will have the exact roadmap to confidently guide people to create a full life that honors their loved ones. Let's start a movement of helping!

Authenticity Matters

We know that platitudes and greeting-card sayings fall flat when someone is in grief or trauma. To help others, we don't have to be perfect. We must come from a place of empathetic understanding. David will give you the exact tools to lead the way.

Experience Matters

Learn directly from David Kessler. David has published 6 books on death and grief and has worked with professionals for 4 decades to guide others to find peace after life’s most challenging tragedies. Learn real-world strategies that make all the difference.

Experiential Training

This evidence-based training is interactive and results-driven. Each week, we'll get together for a lab, discussion group, and break into small groups to really understand and implement the teaching. David Kessler will answer questions and we'll connect with each other.

Transforming Lives After Loss

Become a certified Grief Educator and get the leadership skills to confidently guide others to move beyond the suffering of loss and remember with more love than pain.


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The Pathway To Healing Grief

Each week, we'll cover an essential topic on the pathway to grief recovery

Week 1 - Foundations of Grief

Week 2 - How to Be with Others in Loss

Week 3 - The Death Shapes the Grief

Week 4 - Release Your Feelings

Week 5 - Release the Burden of Guilt 

Week 6 - Healing the Scars of Yesterday

Week 7 - Integration and Meaning

Week 8 - Specific Losses at The Beginning of Life

Week 9 - Specific Losses in the Midst of Life

Week 10 - Illnesses of our Mind: Suicide, Addiction, Mental Health

Week 11 - Why What We Believe Matters: Spirituality, Religion, Atheism, and Culture

Week 12 - How to Help in the World: Leading Groups and Offering One-on-One Support

Every lesson is designed to encourage post-traumatic growth to move beyond the pain and create a legacy of love

Become a Certified Grief Educator

You'll get comprehensive, real-world training directly from the World's Leading Grief Expert, David Kessler.

Over the next few months, you'll learn outcome-driven tactics and compassionate tools to maximize outcomes for people who are struggling with grief and trauma.



Your teaching was on point, needed, and very relevant. I love that I can help others who have experienced loss. Your process really works. It gave me the structure, confidence, and understanding to help others who were suffering.


Thank you for the gift of your teaching and continued support. The information you share is so valuable and implementable, I was able to put it to immediate use with my suffering clients.  Thanks for all that you do for our counseling community.


It's so fulfilling to able to help people see a light at the end of the tunnel. After my own daughter's death, everything changed for me. It's so meaningful to be able to guide from a place of experience and compassion. Thank you for empowering me to help others.

Grief Hurts

Loss is traumatic, complicated, confusing, and painful.

Counselors and therapists frequently tell me that they open their office door to see a patient broadsided by an expected loss. At the moment they experience the overwhelming stress and frustration that their education didn't prepare them for the depths of the excruciating pain.

There's a woeful lack of grief emphasis in today's professional and academic training. 

So often, grievers get stuck in the rumination,  guilt, and the "what-ifs". 

As helping professionals, we expect ourselves to have the answers. We want to know how to compassionately guide someone out of the agonizing clench of grief. And yet, we see their pain consume them week after week, session after session.

As a Certified Grief Educator, you will know the best practices, most effective strategies, and the words that inspire hope and change. You will understand the 6 needs of the grieving and feel confident with a proven gentle but pragmatic approach to transform struggle into hope.

You'll Get Instant Access To These Bonus Video Teaching Modules

Empathy and Balance

Finding healthy boundaries and strategies to work with people in Grief without taking on their pain.

The Body Remembers

Understanding ways that the body manifests the pain of grief and helpful ways to get relief from the struggle.

Helping With Grief

Strategies you can use TODAY to understand the needs of the grieving and provide beneficial support.

About David

David Kessler is one of the world’s foremost experts on grief and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life, even after life’s tragedies. He is the author of six books, including the new bestselling book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He co-authored two books with Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Life Lessons and On Grief and Grieving. He also co-wrote, You Can Heal Your Heart with Louise Hay. His first book, The Needs of The Dying received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa.

David’s personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his journey. For most of his life, David has taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about the end of life, trauma, and grief.  However, despite his vast knowledge of grief, his life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son. It inspired him to write his newest and most personal book, Finding Meaning.

Become a Certified Grief Educator 

Work with David Kessler to get a solid foundation to confidently guide others through the pain of grief and trauma.


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Praise for David's Previous Works

"David Kessler gifts us with deep insights and life-affirming wisdom that can support our well-being.”

- Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of Aware, Mind, and Mindsight

"David Kessler has provided us with a grief compass and a way to find meaning in loss.”

—Denise Jablonski-Kaye, PhD, LAPD Police Psychologist 

"David has eloquently articulated an essential component of living with grief: the ability to construct meaning out of tragedy."

- Fredda Wasserman, MA, MPH, LMFT, CT, Our House Grief Support Center

"We have a choice to rise or fall after tragedy. David Kessler knows this all too well, both as a trailblazing expert on grief and as a bereaved parent."

- Tony Robbins

Changing Lives Starts Here

Sometimes a little step can make all the difference...

Be a resource in your community to help others make space for their grief while creating a path forward that honors their loved ones.


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