Our Teaching Style

We teach with both passion and compassion. Our teaching style is engaging and interactive, down-to-earth and accessible, with a bit of appropriate humor too. We respect the learner. We value their life and loss experiences, and aim to lead them to a greater awareness and appreciation of the grief journey.

Why focus on education, not counseling?

Good question…we’re glad you asked! At GriefTeach we are professional educators, not licensed counselors. We focus on education because:

  • Education can be transformative, leading to greater self-knowledge and self-awareness.
  • Education can help reduce fear and anxiety around loss, death, and grief.
  • Education is an important step in healing from a loss.
  • Education helps validate the mourner’s pain and grief experience.
  • Learning the language of loss and grief helps us express our grief in healthy ways.
  • Naming and examining our losses helps us work through them.

You have probably heard the phrase, “Knowledge is power.” At GriefTeach we believe that knowledge empowers the bereaved to move beyond the pain of grief, to heal from the loss, and move forward in life in a healthy manner. For anyone who has experienced loss (and that really means ALL of us), grief education can be liberating, transforming, empowering, and life-changing. It can be the “AHA” moment of your life, when you understand that there is life after loss, and it can be a very good life!

GriefTeach, however, is not meant to be a substitute for grief counseling. Many individuals need the support, guidance, and listening ear of a qualified counselor. Education and counseling can complement each other quite nicely, so we hope that anyone who needs the help of a counselor finds a qualified grief counselor in their area.

In his book, The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer wrote, “The human soul does not want to be fixed, it wants simply to be seen and heard.”¹ At GriefTeach we would like to see you. We would like to hear you. We would like to help you help others who are mourning a loss. We would like to meet you where you are in your grief journey and help you find a way out of the darkness. We would like to offer you hope and healing through education.

1 The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer. 1998. Jossey-Bass, Inc., San Francisco, CA. Page 151.

Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist…It is the trust that they will not last forever, that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome…It is faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within to lead us through the dark to the sunshine.

— Anonymous

did you know...

The website for the Association for Death Education and Counseling (adec.org) is a great resource for information about death, loss, and grief.

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