Navigating Grief: A Guide to Coping with Grief and Loss

Online Course

Someone you love died, and when they did, life as you knew it shattered in a million pieces. Whether the loss was sudden or you saw it coming, as soon as you understood that someone you love was dead or dying, you began the grueling work of grieving.

Many people believe that grief is a two-dimensional, emotional process with a beginning, a middle, and an end. But these are misconceptions; grief can impact a person emotionally, cognitively, physically, spiritually, and interpersonally. And the reality is that grief often stays with you forever.

No one can tell you exactly how to cope with your loss because your grief is unique. It's unlike anyone else's - in that it's a reflection of your relationship with the person who died, your specific stressors, and how you individually cope with the loss.

As you look around for online grief courses, be wary of anyone who promises you a quick solution. Coping with grief is hard work, and there's no way to fast-track to bypass the pain. Healing isn't about putting your grief in the past; when you consider that grief grows from the same seeds as love, how could that even be possible? In truth, healing is about learning to integrate your loss, forging an ongoing bond with the person who died, and finding ways to cope with a pain that will ease, but never completely disappear.

We designed this course to address the factors that we believe are most helpful in coping with life after loss, and eventually reaching a place of hope and healing. Specifically, this course will introduce concepts important in conceptualizing grief and grief coping and help participants to understand these concepts within the context of their own experiences. Some of the concepts covered include:

  • Basic truths about grief
  • The myth of the grief timeline
  • Types of grief
  • Secondary loss
  • An overview of grief theory
  • Navigating your support system
  • Locating resources in your community and online
  • Developing a personalized and reliable coping tool-kit

The Guide To Navigating Grief workbook:

As a part of this course, you will receive a PDF workbook called ‘Navigating Grief Workbook’. This workbook contains activities that correspond with the different lessons in this course. Activities are optional, however, we strongly encourage participants to complete them as they walk through the course. It is our hope that they will help to provide participants with a better understanding of their grief and, in the end, a practical plan for coping with life after loss.

Please see additional FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this course work?
This course is self-guided which means it is up to the participant to “guide” themselves through. They decide when to log on, when to read lessons, and when to complete activities in the Navigating Grief Workbook.
What can I expect from a WYG online course?
We hope you'll find our courses informative, engaging, and useful. We want all participants to end the class feeling they've discovered new ideas and new ways of looking at grief, grief support, and grief-coping. Further, we strive to equip participants with practical tools, useful resources, and creative outlets for coping with grief.
Who should take this course?
The intent of the course is to help participants build a foundational understanding of grief and coping with grief. It is appropriate for anyone impacted by grief and anyone interested in learning more about grief and grief coping. Generally speaking, this course is designed for adults, although it may be appropriate for older teens. If you are a grief professional or mental health professional, we recommend you check out the course Grief 101: A Primer for Helping Professionals instead.

Your Instructor

Eleanor and Litsa
Eleanor and Litsa

Hello, we are Litsa and Eleanor, the co-founders of the website, What's Your Grief. Thank you for joining our online learning community. We hope some of what you find here will help you understand grief an grief coping a little bit better.

We are what we like to refer to as 'grief friends.' We both have backgrounds in mental health and plenty of experience working in the field of grief and bereavement. But what we ultimately bonded over was our shared experience of losing a parent to cancer in early adulthood. All our webinars and online courses are based on the ideas and information we've found most helpful in our personal grief, and in our daily work with grieving people.

We teach all our webinars and courses, so we should probably tell you, we prefer to talk about grief and loss in realistic and regular ways. If you're looking for transformative butterflies and sympathetic head tilts, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place. Sometimes we're serious, and sometimes we joke, sometimes we're matter of fact, and sometimes we're philosophical. No matter what, though, we believe your experience with grief should always be recognized and respected, not patronized.

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