Help people recover from loss and heal your own heart.

This Certification Training is open to anyone who has a genuine interest in helping others and is willing to do their own personal work.

You can grow your business and help people live happier lives. 

Built in safety net

Ever taken a course then felt lost after? You won’t be left on your own after The Grief Recovery Certification Training. The formats and step-by-step approach give you specific instructions and a plan of action to start helping people right away.

 Unlimited free support

You can call us as often as you want for guidance and support. You’ll even gain access to our exclusive Grief Recovery Specialists community, a monthly support webinar, two onboarding sessions, and 24/7 access to our Specialists Resources Center. 


Help Grievers in Your Community Right Away

The Grief Recovery Method® is the most comprehensive Grief Recovery education and certification in the world. The program has even been proven to be evidence based and effective by Kent State University.

The Grief Recovery Certification Training will give you the tools you need to effectively help people recover from loss as well as an opportunity for your own personal healing. 

People come to us not only to help others, but because their own lives might have been devastated by loss. Having gone through grief, they know how hard it can be and want to help other people with broken hearts.
Join thousands of people and become a Grief Recovery Specialist today!

Grief Recovery Method Worldwide

Emotional Pain from Loss is a Universal Human Experience

Grief is a universal experience no matter where you live, which is why the Grief Recovery Institute offers emotional support programs around the globe. Emotional pain from loss is something that unites us all, regardless of where you live on the planet. We support and provide services to people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, career, or political views in countries all over the world.

We have trained Grief Recovery Method Specialists, who help heartbroken people, in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, Central America, South America and North America. The Grief Recovery Method Certification Program is taught and available in multiple languages including: English, Spanish, Swedish, Hungarian, Ukrainian and Russian. Our home office is in the United States and serves English speaking nations and populations around the world, such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and Commonwealth Nations. In addition, we have international affiliate offices in Sweden, Australia, Mexico, and Hungary.

Our goal is to help as many people as possible, which is why our books have been translated into over 30 languages including: Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese, Ukrainian, Russian, and many more.

Through the Grief Recovery Handbook and translations, interviews on radio and TV, public appearances and talks, web traffic, and various programs we offer, we have reached tens of millions of people with our message of hope and recovery from significant emotional loss.

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So what exactly is the Certification Training?

Hands On

You’ll gain an invaluable understanding of Grief Recovery principles because the training is interactive. You will be asked to work on one of your own losses, so you’ll have the personal experience to help grievers recover from their own heartache.

Grief is the only topic

You will be on your way to becoming an expert on grief and grief recovery because your training will be specifically focused on helping people deal with the emotional pain that comes with loss. It won’t be muddied by other topics.

Only 4 Days

The in depth certification training gives you the language, tools, and materials you need to start helping people immediately. In 4 days you will be a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with the format and guidelines to run Grief Recovery Method Support Groups and one-on-one sessions and have the tools you need for your mental health, life-coaching or other business.

Start helping people immediately!

Help people in the way that works best for your career and schedule!

After the 4 day intensive training you’ll have a solid foundation you need to help people. In fact, we encourage you to get started right away. You’ll be equipped to run 8 week groups, one-on-one sessions and even help kids! If you don’t want to run groups, that’s fine. Some people come to us to learn more tools to go with their existing mental health, life-coaching or other businesses. 


We’ll help you grow your business with referrals from all over the world.

Save money!

Traditional college can cost thousands of dollars and they don’t even touch on the topic of grief or recovery. You get all five of our books and training materials for free with the course. You’ll even get your own microsite and discounted books for the rest of your life!

Unlimited Support

You’ll get unlimited free support and direct access to The Grief Recovery Institute for as long as you need, including access to our private Grief Recovery Specialists online community, monthly webinars, two on boarding calls to help you get started, and access to an amazing resource center with all the tools you need.

Who is it for? Do I need a special degree or career?

Our Specialists are men and women of all ages, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. Do you have a genuine desire to help others? Then this is for you!

All education levels

The Grief Recovery Certification Program is open to people of all educational backgrounds. There are few, if any, traditional high school, college, or graduate programs that teach how to help grievers. So everyone who comes to our Certification starts on a level playing field. We do not require an advanced degree or college background. The only requirement is your desire to help people.

All careers

Many people who come to Grief Recovery Certification training are mental health professionals, clergy, hospice workers, life coaches, and funeral and cemetery professionals. We also get police officers, teachers and people who work in the community. But also a lot of people come to use because they experienced a terrible loss so want to help others.

Get a Step Ahead of the Rest With the Grief Recovery Method Certification Training

Become an Expert in your field

When you become a Grief Recovery Specialist® you are aligning yourself with the world's experts on the topic of grief and Grief Recovery.

Stay a step ahead of peers

College offers little to no training on grief recovery. You can offer something your peers don’t and in turn help more people.

Grow your business

There are over 40 types of losses, which means there is no lack of grievers who need your help.

We'll supply you with all of the materials you need

Our clearly structured session plans/formats are provided for all the programs you will deliver.

You get referrals

We do have offices around the world, but our goal is to match you with grievers in your community. You will be registered in our international database so grievers in your area can easily find you.

Partner with local organizations

Partner with local churches, hospices, funeral homes and others in your community to reach even more people who need you.

What Makes Us Different?

Our team of Grief Recovery Experts are dedicated to helping the world recover from tragic loss and overcome grief. We specialize in non-traditional groups, we speak straight from the heart, and the heartache resulting from loss is our only topic.  

Non-Traditional Groups

Traditional support groups encourage grievers to talk about their pain but don’t always offer a path to recovery. You will use the official Grief Recovery format to guide your participants to take clear actions that will lead them to a happier life.

Straight From the Heart

Grief is a normal and natural emotional reaction to loss, but most of the solutions people are taught are intellectual. You’ll guide people from their heads to their hearts, which will improve the quality of their lives. Although the training is partially educational, the solution is emotional.

Loss is our Only Topic

If you’re like most people you relate grief to death, but here are over 40 types of loss people can experience in their lifetime! Since grief is normal and natural we don’t want to confuse it with personality disorders. 

Help People With Over 40 Life Events That Cause Grief

Who are we anyway?

40 Years and Counting

We have been refining our method for over 40 years. At last count, we have helped over 1 million grieving people between our books, phone support and all of the lives that our Grief Recovery Specialists have touched.

Grief + Recovery

No one used the words grief and recovery together until we did. The only people authorized to use the phrase are Grief Recovery Specialists who attended Grief Recovery Certification Training.

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Help Grievers in Your Community

The Grief Recovery Method® is the most comprehensive Grief Recovery education and certification you will find.

People come to us not only to help others, but because their lives were devastated by personal loss. Having gone through grief, they know how hard it can be and want to help others who are also grieving.

The Grief Recovery Certification Training will give you the tools you need to effectively help grievers recover from loss as well as an opportunity for personal healing. The program was developed by someone who was going through loss himself so this is not just a theory, but also a method that has worked for millions of people continuously for the past 40 years.

Join thousands of people and become a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist!

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