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Bearing Witness to Self and Other

an Exclusive and Unique

Grief and End of Life

Certification Program

with a core emphasis on the question:

Who am I in the face of grief, death, and dying?





5 months of experiential coach training, incorporating a radical and honoring approach to being with grief, death, and dying ...

Who are you in the presence of sorrow?

What is required to bear witness to death?

What if you could sit with one who is grieving and remain unflinching in compassionate attention?  

What are you moving away from in yourself when you attempt to fix another?

How can you be present to the sadness of another without attempting to fix?

What is required to see a person who is dying as whole and fully alive?

What is required to see a person in grief as whole and fully alive?

What does it take to listen without agenda?

What allows you to speak from a place of stillness, responding only when moved from a place deep within?

Join us and deepen your capacity to bear witness to another's grief.

This unique and intensive course offers dynamic training in grief and end of life coaching. No prior training or experience is required.

Live demonstrations, lecture, experiential exercises, hands-on practice, and custom feedback provide a living laboratory in which students discover their capacity to bear witness to their own suffering and that of others. In addition to classroom work, students will receive monthly individual coaching by the instructors.

This course fully incorporates the deep, personal inner work required to sit with people in the extremity of grief and dying. Coursework outside of class will take students deeper into the interior landscape of their relationship to grief and death, an essential exercise for grief and end of life coaches.

Students will receive 10 private coaching sessions by the instructors; 2 sessions per month throughout the course. Private coaching for each student is an integral component of the course; it reflects our premise that one must work on her or his own grief in order to develop the capacity to sit with another. Also included is one optional group facilitation of The Work of Byron Katie per month. The monthly facilitation will focus specifically on limiting beliefs that get in the way of being with grief; of self and other. 

Students leave this course having coached, having been coached, and having been thoroughly prepared to obtain the Bearing Witness to Self and Other End of Life and Grief Coach Certification. Certified alumni are eligible to be listed on our certified grief coaches website, from which they receive referrals for individual grief coaching, as well as invitations to participate in national and regional group coaching events. Inclusion on the certified coaches website is based on faculty recommendation. 

Combine your passion for supporting others in grief and at end of life with the skills and knowledge necessary to receive end of life certification in a program like no other.




A reading list will be emailed upon registration. Cost of books will be under $99.

Due to the individual attention and intensive nature of the course, enrollment is limited to a maximum of 10 students. No exceptions.

Location: Online (from US)


Tuesdays & Thursdays

6pm-8pm PT
7pm-9pm MT
9pm-11pm ET

Start date TBA soon


Or Contact:

Email: Kathleen Sepeda 

Phone: (303) 506-8929

Email: Alyssa Canann   

Phone: (949) 701-8213

Additional classes at alternate times may be slated if minimum number of students is met.

Course Content includes, but is not limited to:

  • Life Coaching vs. End of Life Coaching

  • Bearing Witness to Self

  • Bearing Witness to Others

  • Essentials of Coaching People Who Are Dying

  • Essentials of Coaching People Who Are Grieving

  • Disenfranchised Grief, including Suicide, Murder, Stillbirth, Miscarriage, AIDS, Death of a Child, Sudden Death, Alcoholism/Drug Overdose, Voluntary Pregnancy Termination, Euthanasia

  • Grief in the Face of Alzheimer's, Dementia, Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness

  • Exploration of Death Phobia

  • The Destructive Impact of Euphemisms: Speaking the Truth About Death

  • Myths of Hospice

  • Ritual at End of Life

  • Meaningful Funerals

  • Non-Death Grief: Divorce, Break-Up, Parenting, Job Loss, Financial Hardship, Aging, Loss of Function, Loss of Community ...

  • Spirituality in Grief and End of Life Coaching

  • Self Care for the End of Life Coach

  • Starting and Running Grief Groups


What to Expect

  • a held, dedicated space in which to explore your beliefs, thoughts and feelings about grief, dying, and death
  • frequent invitations to go deeper in your personal work with grief, dying, and death
  • frequent opportunities for self inquiry and sharing your process with the group
  • 4 hours of class time per week
  • monthly individual coaching by instructors
  • minimum 16 hours of individual coaching practice lab 
  • minimum 8 hours of group coaching practice lab
  • minimum 8 hours required peer coaching 
  • assignments outside of class include reading (articles, essays, books), films, audio interviews, field interviews, and pro bono coaching
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If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. 

~ Lilla Watson

This quote captures the essence of why I am passionate about teaching CEOL's course: Bearing Witness to Self and Other. I hold that my participation at every session is for me at least as much as it is for our students. As I bear witness to my self, Alyssa (my co~teacher), and our students, I am alive with that which is ineffable. It is a gift and a privilege to collectively hold this space for myself and others as together we navigate our way in learning how to be with grief without succumbing to old habits of moving away in fear. 

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Working with people in grief and at end of life moves me in myriad ways. Grief and death invite us collectively and as individuals to discover heretofore unknown depths of feeling and awareness. It is a privilege to participate in the development of End of Life Coaching students. Together, we deepen our capacity to bear witness to self and other, an essential prerequisite to working with grief and death.

We are all just walking each other home.    ~ Ram Dass