Grief affects everyone.
It is non-discriminatory and can happen more than once throughout a lifetime. Grief can strike at any time and it is usually the result of a sudden loss or injury. This “loss” can be tangible or intangible such as the loss of a job, person or item. How each person deals with grief depends on how important the loss is to them. The loss of an individual likely has more of an impact than the loss of a sentimental item. However, the loss of a job might have a huge impact on someone who feels helpless without a career.
The words of a sympathetic person can sometimes make a difference. Grief coaches seek to provide aid to bereaved people outside of the usual contexts of religious leaders or counselors.
While there are similarities between the two fields, grief coaching is a little different from counseling. As a coach, you need to not only provide a sympathetic ear but a firm hand as well. Part of your job is to listen to what your clients have to say and to determine if they are ready for a more active intervention.
Once you know your client is ready to move on, the next step is to get them to become proactive about letting go of grief. This involves the construction and affirmation of a new life. That life may now include a deceased person as a treasured memory, but not as a daily influence. Many people become caught up in their mourning or experience survivor’s guilt in tandem with their grief, both of which keep them from living their lives to the fullest. You’ll encourage your client to gradually start letting go of the past and get them doing things for their own enjoyment again, working with them to make an active and guilt-free life feel normal again.
Many people become caught up in their mourning or experience survivor’s guilt. These problems keep them from living their lives to the fullest. You’ll encourage your client to gradually start letting go of the past. And, you will get them doing things for their own enjoyment again. All while working with them to make an active and guilt-free life feel normal again.
There are many credentials that grief coaches can pick up from religiously-affiliated training programs, but in order to reach and help the widest audience possible, you are better off opting for credentials like the Grief Recovery Method Certification.
Becoming certified not only proves to clients that you are competent, also you for some of the realities of this particularly intense specialty area. Because you’ll be dealing with people who are in one of the most vulnerable periods in their life, grief coaches need to be extremely empathetic and level-headed people. Not everyone can handle that kind of pressure, but clients know that they can trust that a certified coach knows what they’ve gotten into and is committed to doing their best to help them, no matter what.