What is Grief Coaching?
Grief Coaching is a fairly new professional discipline. It is a client focused service where an individual who is grieving is assumed to be healthy and given permission to embrace their grief with the support, information, and guidance of a coach. Through the coaching process grieving individuals gain perspectives about their own emotions, feelings, and realities surrounding their own grief journey. Ultimately grief coaching is about moving forward and rediscovering purpose and hope.
How is Grief Coaching different from traditional Grief Counseling or Therapy?
According to Dr. Alan Wolfelt, one of America's leading experts on grief, our contemporary society has perceived grief as an illness that with proper assessment, diagnosis, and treatment can be cured. Grief counseling uses terms like symptoms of pathology, disorders, diagnosis, and treatments. Grief counseling is rooted in medicine and psychiatry. This clinical approach has worked well for some but certainly not all.
Grief coaching has more of a life giving, hope filled approach that incorporates the mind, body, soul and spirit. Grief is not viewed as an illness that one must recover from, but a natural journey that is the result of loosing someone who was loved. This journey is affirmed as a necessary pathway to rediscoving purpose and hope.