Coaching at End of Life (including living losses) and Grief Coaching equips people to walk with those who are facing all the losses of life.
One important distinction from life and executive coaching is that grief coaching likely will not lead to a goal or action step, at least not at first.

Grieving and mourning are important parts of healing and learning to adjust to life when loss, transition, and/or death occurs. First and foremost, it is important to recognize your feelings, give yourself time and space to mourn in healthy ways, and take care of yourself after a loss. ELCA Coaching has a cadre of certified grief coaches who can accompany you on this journey.

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Supportive Spaces
Confidential support groups for faith leaders

ELCA Coaching is a ministry of accompaniment and encouragement. Through this lens, we piloted two support groups across multiple synods in 2023 and are ready to expand this offering in anticipation of an even more polarized landscape in 2024. These groups can be tailored to specific types of grief, such as deaths, transitions, stressful seasons, or anything else. These can also be tailored to specific groups, such as synod staff, pastors, deacons, synod council members, lay leaders, people of color, LGBTQIA+, etc.

ELCA Coaching will provide at least two professionally-trained grief and loss coaches per support group, and possibly more depending on the size of the group. If your synod is interested in offering this option to your leaders, please email to receive more details regarding this specific resource.

ELCA Grief and Transition Resources

For congregationally-based grief (including leadership transitions, mergers, yoking, holy closure, and more), we also recommend the rich library of resources collected by our friends at ELCA Grief and Transition Resources.