Certification Training

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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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 theirs.

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 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.



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

Certified Grief Recovery Specialists® cover all walks of life.


Our specialists are men and women of all ages, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. All that’s required is a desire to help other people. If you have a genuine desire to help others 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, 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.

What Led You to Get Certified?




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What Makes Us Different?

Non-Traditional Groups

Traditional support groups encourage grievers to talk about their pain but don’t always offer (a path to feeling better instead of clear cut solutions). 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 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. We deal with grief and grief only!


Who are you anyway?

35 Years and Counting

We have been refining our method for over 35 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 Certified Grief Recovery Specialists who attended Grief Recovery Certification training.



We won't ask you to do anything we didn't do ourselves.

The Grief Recovery Institute® started when our founder John W. James’ son died over 35 years ago. He searched for help, but couldn’t find anything to help him recovery from his heartache.


You Can Help People With Over 40 Life Events That Cause Grief



There are over 40 types of grief experiences, which mean there is no lack of people who need grief recovery. Friends and family of grievers will all benefit from your skills.

There are millions of grievers in the US alone.


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 national app, 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 and reach even more people to help in your community.


Use four formats to help grievers:


Group sessions are the most popular format. You’ll run 8 week Grief Recovery Method® support groups for people in your community. Formats have been tested for 35 years and have proven results.


One-on-One format uses the same principles from the 8 week Grief Recovery Method® support groups, but is geared toward individuals and is 7 sessions in length.

When Children Grieve Program

Children grieve too. By teaching the grief recovery principles to parents you’ll give them invaluable tools they can teach their children.

Alumni Format

After your initial Grief Recovery work with clients, the Alumni format enables you to continue helping them with other losses from their past.


Common Results People Get Using the Grief Recovery Formats

You Receive Unlimited Support After Your Certification Training Event



Built in safety net

You won’t be left on your own. The formats allow you to follow specific instructions that help grievers. The step-by-step approach gives you a plan of action.

Unlimited free support

You can call us as often as you want for guidance and support.


Member Log in

All Specialists get access to a comprehensive log in area where you can learn more about The Grief Recovery Method and become more effective at helping people. Between articles and videos, we’ll continue to roll out content to support you in your work.

The Benefits of Grief Recovery Method Certification

Become an Expert in your field.

When you become a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® you are aligning yourself with the worlds 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 mean there is no lack of grievers who need your help.



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

From brochures to business cards, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We have all the literature created for you to use.


Start helping people immediately!

After the 4 day intensive training you’ll have a solid foundation you need to put your training into proactive. In fact we encourage you to get started right away. Practice makes perfect!

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

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 businesses. We’ll help you grow your business give referrals and inquiries from all over the United States and world.

We are here for you as long as you need.

You’ll get unlimited free support and direct access to The Grief Recovery Institute for as long as you need.

Save money!

Traditional college can cost thousands of dollars and they don’t even touch on the topic of grief or recovery. And you don’t have to spend thousands on textbooks. You get all our books and training materials for free with the course. Who doesn’t love to save money? You’ll get discounts on all Grief Recovery Method books for the rest of your life. You’ll get free training materials too!

Unlimited support

Keep in touch with what’s going on with unlimited support from our online members community and free updates each month.