Bereavement Education

Whether you are looking to start a new children's grief center, revamp an existing program, or search out new ideas these trainings may be the answer for you. Several of your colleagues have developed amazing training opportunities for you to take advantage of. The list below is just a few of the trainings available. If you know of a training that you think should be added please email that information to

Trainings and Conferences


Friday October 25, 2019
Midwest Children's Grief Centers 3rd Annual Meeting and Workshop!
Cornerstone of Hope
in Independence, Ohio.
5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, OH 44131
(216) 524-4673

Each attendee may register for the workshop at the link provided below. Please note - In order to facilitate meaningful break-out group discussion, we kindly ask that you provide input on the registration form that describes the three main topics you would like to discuss specific to your area of responsibility. Thanks in advance for your input!!!!

As stated in the schedule, we will be providing breakfast and lunch. While there is no cost associated with this event, any contribution you can make to help offset the cost of the food would be greatly appreciated!

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Link to Register

For those of you traveling a distance and wishing to stay overnight on Thursday, October 24th, please know that a block of rooms is available (at a reduced rate) at the nearby Embassy Suites.  To reserve your room, call the hotel at 216.986.9900 and ask for the “Cornerstone of Hope” block of rooms to receive the reduced rate.  A few rooms will also be available for Friday, October 25th if anyone wishes to stay on after the workshop for an extended visit to the Cleveland area!

Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Rockside
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N
Independence, OH 44131

July 22 - July 26, 2019

The Dougy Center
3909 SE 52nd Ave., Portland, Oregon
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
Tuition: $1,300*
Join The Dougy Center's knowledgeable staff for an opportunity to discover the fundamentals of developing and operating peer-to-peer support groups for grieving children, teens, and families. Learn with colleagues from around the United States and beyond who plan to start or who have already directly established programs for grieving children.
For more information and to Download registration forms, Click HERE.


Hospice Foundation of America
Hospice Foundation of America offers a series of online webinars with prominent experts focusing on adolescents and grief. HFa's Senior Bereavement Consultant Dr. Kenneth Doka is joined by another grief expert for each program; topics include: youth suicide (with Dr. Jack Jordan); , Adolescents and Traumatic loss (with Dr. Carla Sofka); and Adolescents Coping with Life-Threatening Illness (with Dr. Nancy Hogan). HFA Webinars are affordable ways to conveniently access information from some of the best-known names in the field; the programs are archived online and can be used for both individual education or as a staff or volunteer training opportunity. Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for a wide range of professionals and are included in the registration price.

For more information, please click HERE


Certificate and Degree Programs

This list is provided to our members seeking continuing education, certifications and degrees related to childhood bereavement. If you know of degrees, certifications or programs offered in your area, please send us their contact information.

Note: The NAGC does not endorse any program included on this list. Those interested in seeking further education in the grief support field should thoroughly research the programs listed.

Listing is Alphabetical

Arizona State University (School of Social Work)
Education Programs Offered:
Trauma and Bereavement Certificate
Contact Information:
411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689
(602) 496-0800 (P)
(602) 496-0960 (F)

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
Education Programs Offered:
Certification in Thanatology
Fellow in Thanatology
Contact Information:
111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL 60015 USA
(847) 509-0403 (P)
(847) 480-9282 (F)

Bristol Community College
Education Programs Offered:
Certificate in Thanatology
Contact Information:
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 678-2811

Hood College
Education Programs Offered:
Master of Arts in Thanatology
Certificate in Thanatology
Contact Information:
401 Rosemont Ave.
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 663-3131

Madonna University
Education Programs Offered:
Post-Master's Certificate in Bereavement
Contact Information:
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150
800-852-4951, ext. 5667

Marian University
Education Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Thanatology
Graduate Certificate in Thanatology (Both Online)
NAGC members receive a 20% discount on tuition
Contact Information:
Andrew Kukec
Program Assistant
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699
(920) 923-7162
1-800-2-MARIAN and ext. 7162

Janet McCord, PhD, FT
Professor of Thanatology
Chair: Edwin S. Shneidman Department of Thanatology
45 S. National Avenur
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699
(920) 923-8952
1-800-2-MARIAN and ext. 8952


University of Maryland
Education Programs Offered:
Death, Dying, and Mourning: Applied Thanatology Online Graduate Certificate Program
Contact Information:
Michelle Pearce
Program Director
Graduate School
620 West Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 706-6164