Are You Prepared to Handle Post-Pandemic Grief in the Workplace?

In addition to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) referrals, does your organization compassionately support grieving employees from a human response perspective? Do you know what to say and what not to say to an employee experiencing a loss? Are you aware of the grief-related losses to your company’s bottom line? Are you allowing the occasion of grief to negatively affect employee morale and retention? Does your organization have a compassionate director, grief coach, or compassion partner on staff?  No matter the size or type of organization, at some point grief will directly or indirectly affect your workplace. You are not exempt.    

“The COVID-19 pandemic is easing up, but the grief crisis doesn’t end as we adjust to the ‘new normal.’ Grief resulting from the pandemic is devastating and complex on many levels,” said Dora Carpenter, Founder of the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching. “The spectrum of loss is huge and the long-lasting ripple effects can’t be avoided or left at the threshold when entering the office door. Grief resulting from any loss, if not addressed, not only affects the physical, emotional, social and functional well-being of employees, but also co-workers, teams and the overall organization.”   ~~ Press Release June 24, 2021

Our Workplace Grief Workshop is Accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)

The Institute of Professional Grief Coaching (IOPGC) trains and certifies grief coaches to help individuals move from pain to peace, heartbreak to happiness, and grief to gratitude in the shortest time possible.  Dora Carpenter, Founder and Program Director of the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program, accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), has worked in the death care industry for over twenty years, working with hundreds of families.  Our certified grief coaches are now in 38 states and five international territories.  

Christina Ferguson, Executive Director, IOPGC

Workplace Grief Workshop - IOPGC

Dora Carpenter, Founder, IOPGC on Fox News


What are the benefits of grief sensitivity training?  Participants learn the myths, stigmas and judgmental perceptions surrounding grief; what to say and not to say to an employee who is grieving; acknowledging and identifying the intensity of emotions; best practices; and communication strategies to create a compassionate workplace culture. Participants will understand and support the significance and impact of loss on the workplace while maintaining productivity, company goals and customer service satisfaction. 

The program is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and awards Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units. Workshops are facilitated by grief coaches certified by the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching (IOPGC).

Workshop Overview:

Understanding the Impact of Grief in the Workplace

  • Why Understanding and Support in the Workplace is Needed
  • Other Types of Losses Affecting the Workplace
  • Myths, Stigmas, and Judgmental Perceptions Surrounding Grief

Providing Support for the Grieving Employee and Balancing Productivity

  • Bereavement Policy Procedures and Available Resources
  • Balancing Compassion and Continued Work Productivity
  • Best and Worst Things to Say to Someone Who is Grieving
  • Sharing Sensitive Personal Information
  • Grieving Employee Returning to the Workplace
  • Handling Natural Disasters and Workplace Violence

Implementing a Compassionate and Grief-Informed Workplace Culture

  • Best Practices to Ensure that the Personal Needs and
  • Work Responsibilities of Employees are Addressed

Registration: $495 per person.  Contact us for group rates for ten or more attendees.

Upon completion of workshop, attendees will receive a certificate verifying 3.0 ICF Continuing Coach Education (CCE) hours.


Currently all workshops are being offered virtually.  Registrants must attend via Zoom and be on camera during the workshop.

“I now realize how important it is to educate the whole society and how unprepared people are.   And since we have 2 legs and stand on both of them, family and work, it would be very useful to give support not only within the family, but it is equally important to support the other leg – support the client’s working environment.” ~~ Workshop Participant

September 10, 2021

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

Location:  Virtual

Facilitator: Lyela Lambert, Certified Grief Coach


September 14, 2021

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Location:  Virtual

Facilitator: Bobbie Rae Boyer, Certified Grief Coach


September 17, 2021

1:30 pm -5:00 pm EST

Location:  Virtual

Facilitator: Tamu Carter-El, Certified Grief Coach


September 22, 2021

10:00 am - 1:30 pm EST

Location:  Virtual

Facilitator: Cveta Carter, Certified Grief Coach


October 8, 2021

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Location:  Virtual

Facilitator: Tamu Carter-El, Certified Grief Coach


October 12, 2021

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Location:  Virtual

Facilitator: Bobbie Rae Boyer, Certified Grief Coach


October 20, 2021

10:00 am - 1:30 pm EST

Location:  Virtual

Facilitator: Cveta Carter, Certified Grief Coach


Bobbie Rae Boyer

Apache Junction,  Arizona

Cveta Carter

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Tamu Carter-El

Galloway, New Jersey

Michelle Gilchrist

Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

Lyela Lambert

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Michelle Russell

Ashland, Ohio

BOBBIE RAE BOYER.  The visionary leader behind The Centered Ground Corporation, understands the daily shifting emotions of grief, having navigated the loss of her 21-year old son Anthony. It is with deep compassion that she walks beside others as they navigate through their personal connection to grief. Co-creating sacred space with her clients, she guides individual pathways of alignment, trust and balance as they journey through their losses. Bobbie Rae uses a variety of holistic modalities in her practice, namely personal grief coaching, educational workshops, movement meditation, and vibrational sound therapy.  

CVETA CARTER.  The phrase, “life is too short” means something incredibly different to me after losing my beloved dad unexpectedly. I understand and appreciate that the journey of moving through grief is unique to each of us. I want to help guide individuals through their grief journey as well as provide training for companies and their leaders about the importance of understanding workplace grief and the impact it definitely has on employees and the business. I retired early with a strong desire to coach others on how to communicate effectively both in our personal and professional lives.  I have over 30 years of experience as a Human Resources professional with a Fortune 100 Pharmaceutical company, and I am the founder of The Carter Group, Inc. My passion and commitment are to have an impact in the lives of individuals through thoughtful, honest, and transparent communication. I have been married for over 30 years, I have a son and daughter and live in Lake Geneva, WI. 

TAMU CARTER-EL.  I am a person who lost her mother in 2002 and have been facilitating a GriefShare class for over 10 years. It has become my purpose on earth to help others with the grief process. I also completed the From Grief to Gratitude grief coach certificate program and grief at the workplace certificate program in 2020 and have received the tools to better serve people who are grieving. All and all, I hope to use my experiences and education to lead others to healing.

MICHELLE GILCHRIST. Michelle Gilchrist of MUrgel is an authentic and courageous trust partner – for those experiencing personal loss and grief; and for organizations that value people first through a culture of caring and compassion when death and unexpected events find their way into the workplace.  Compiled in a library of professional expertise is dual credentialing as a Certified Executive Coach and a Workplace Grief Coach (International Coach Federation), acumen in strategic planning, human resources and leadership development applied across a professional inventory that spans healthcare, financial services, various legal disciplines, federal and regional government, insurance and media, as well as entrepreneurial sole proprietorship and non-profit community based organizations.

LYELA LAMBERT.  Lyela Lambert was born & raised in LC, LA. Mother, grandmother, published author (Live Beyond Your Loss) a journal of the journey from her life as a mother of a murdered son. Lyela is also co owner of Sparklin Sisters Cleaning Services, Certified Grief/Workplace Grief Coach, Member of Bayou Four, Nicole’s Heart Association & NAACP. Lyela is passionate about helping others & sharing her testimony with genuine intentions to encourage those that have been told who or what they can’t become due to their past or where they’re from. Most importantly, she is a woman of faith & strongly believe that God is in control of ALL things & that ALL things we’ve been through were meant to help others. He didn’t allow us to survive to keep it a secret or be ashamed! You will often hear her say “Someone NEEDS to hear your story! TELL IT!”

MICHELLE RUSSELL.  After a number of years working in the business world, I became a licensed counselor and later a life coach because I wanted to partner with others as they faced difficulties that are an ever-present part of life. As I have borne witness to other people’s stories and lived out my own personal experiences of loss and grief, I have discovered there can be a spring of hope in the darkest moments of life. My mission is to walk alongside and support others as they find hope and meaning in the most unlikely of places, and cheer them on as they walk into new seasons of healing, growth, and discovery.

For more information on the Institute of Professional Grief Coaching (IOPGC), visit us here.

Washington, D.C.

(202) 617-2570


Disclaimer: Our programs are not based on a conceptual, intellectual, or theological perspective. The program, its instructor(s), and coaches provide education and support; do not imply, infer, or attempt to fix, heal, or cure grief; and, do not imply or provide professional counseling or therapy. If you are experiencing serious suicidal thoughts that you cannot control, please telephone 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).