Grief Coaching

What is Grief Coaching?

Grief Coaching is a specialty of life coaching that focuses on helping you complete the unfinished business in the relationship with someone who has died or is no longer with you.  A relationship can be left incomplete when you don't get to share all that is on your heart with someone before they die or leave.  Maybe you wish you told them how much you loved them or how much they meant to your life.  Or perhaps you are angry and didn't receive an apology about something (or many things) hurtful they did. Sometimes painful episodes at the hospital or nursing home leave you with angst wishing you had done something differently, even if it wasn't in your control.  Anger, guilt and regret are a challenge to working through grief.  Anger, guilt and regret can hijack positive and special memories and torment us until we resolve them.

In Grief Coaching, Debbra helps you identify your coping strategies to avoid painful emotions so you can move toward them rather than avoid them.  Avoiding grief by staying busy, overeating or drinking, endless internet scrolling or long hours on social media can numb the pain temporarily, but will leave you feeling drained and disappointed to find the grief is still there.  There are better ways to work through grief than ignoring it.  Let Debbra show you how.

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Grief Coaching provides an opportunity to explore your relationship with your loved one in a safe, supportive environment. In the coaching process, your coach will provide you with assignments designed for completing your grief.

Your coach will listen compassionately as you process the emotions surrounding bereavement. Your coach will help you get in touch with the experiences and emotions that are often avoided while trying to keep up with daily responsibilities.

What if my loss is not about a loved one,
but a job loss or home loss
or some other significant loss in my life?

If you are dealing with other types of losses, such as job loss or the loss of a home, etc. your Grief Recovery Coach will help you explore the meaning of this loss in your life and take you through the steps to acknowledge painful emotions and adjust your life to the new situation.

The recovery process will include providing a safe space to talk about your loss and how it impacts you, your lifestyle and your identity today. Your coach will help you develop strategies to find happiness again in your current life situation.

How and where does
Grief Recovery Coaching take place?

You and your coach make contact over the phone or via a secure video conference for an agreed session time, usually 3-4 times per month. There is flexibility in that you can talk to your Grief Coach from anywhere in the world.

Group Grief Recovery Coaching may also be available.  Check the Facebook group Stages of Grief Recovery for the latest information for enrollment in Grieving With Grace.

What experience does my Grief Coach have?

Debbra has a masters degree in clinical psychology and thousands of hours of clinical experience as licensed marriage and family therapist. In addition, she spent over twelve years as a church lay counselor and wellness coach successfully helping people heal their broken hearts and sick bodies.

In almost every difficulty in life there is an element of grief and loss. Debbra compassionately leads you to address the root causes of your heartbreak rather than only deal with the symptoms, so you can move into the fulfilling life you were destined for.

Because grief is not considered a "mental disorder" as described by the American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders", Fifth Edition, it does not require "treatment" by a mental health professional. With specialized training in grief recovery (also available to lay counselors and hospice workers), your Grief Coach is prepared to help you take the next steps toward healing.



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How much does coaching cost?

The cost for coaching is comparable to the fees for counseling. Please inquire through our contact page.

How long does grief recovery coaching take?

The length of a coaching relationship depends on your needs and desires. You and your grief recovery coach will discuss your needs to create a plan that meets your needs.  Many of Debbra's clients recognize other unresolved losses when they begin working togther.  We work on the loss that brought them to grief coaching and then they decide if they would like to apply the same healing strategies to other losses as well.

Are you interested in Grief Journaling?


Debbra loves to journal and has been journaling for decades.  She even wrote a book for journaling during grief. The 52-Week Devotional Journal for Grief can be found on Amazon. Check out this page to learn more about grief journaling in our Inscribed Grief Group.