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. IOPGC is the home of the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program, a leading grief coach certification program accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

All online courses offered here are self-directed and can be completed at your own pace from the comfort of your home or anywhere there is an internet connection.

Hello from Dora Carpenter, Certified Professional Coach

Founder, Institute of Professional Grief Coaching

"Welcome to her academy of online self-directed courses."


"Ms. Carpenter is self motivated and goal directed and demonstrated a strong desire to be an effective mentor, coach and teacher. Her communication skills and teaching styles are very effective."

"I am a Registered Nurse, a Psychotherapist and a Coach. I finally found a missing piece to living because unresolved grief created a major block to my breakthrough."

"The Grief to Gratitude Program is by far a life-changer for anyone who is an active coach. The program is energetic, informative and launches the coach into an area of coaching that is evolving. I highly recommend this program to anyone seeking to make a difference in someone's life."

Dora Carpenter is a visionary who has always had a passion for helping others embrace their unique gifts, talents, and abilities. As a certified professional coach, she inspires and empowers individuals for personal and professional success. She is known for challenging and motivating clients to take forward-moving action and work through life transitions, grief, and fear. Her gentle and empathetic, yet expressive approach, is articulated in her coaching, training, writing, and speaking.   A client says, "She is a magnetic mentoring coach who journeys with you through your experience." Working many years in the death care industry and assisting hundreds of families before, during, and after a loss birthed her passion for grief coaching. Dora says, "too many hopes and dreams are buried in the cemetery" and she wants to encourage people to live out their potential in the now. Dora openly shares her story of moving beyond being temporarily housebound with severe panic attacks while running a successful business and being stuck in the time capsule of grief for many years relying on the myth that ‘it just takes time.’ Dora Carpenter is a certified life coach, certified grief coach, certified consumer's funeral consultant, and former licensed Feel the Fear® trainer. She is Founder of the Institute for Professional Grief Coaching and the From Grief to Gratitude Coach Certification Program, a leading grief coach certification program accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Dora Carpenter has been recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Professionals and has appeared on various media outlets.


Dora Carpenter, staff, or coaches do not provide counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis or any other form of mental health care treatment or therapy, nor is coaching to be used as a substitute for professional advice by legal, medical, financial, business or other qualified professionals. 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).