Principles of Healthy Grief

Helping you experience healing and restoration in the midst of pain

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"Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness.

It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity.

The only cure for grief is to grieve."

- Earl Grollman

Is there any purpose to my pain? Will this fog of despair ever lift? Why am I angry all the time? Why am I pushing away the people I'm closest to? What can I do when I feel like I'm sinking and might not resurface?

Can you relate to these questions? Are you tired of bearing this load of pain alone? Do you wish there was a system to processing grief in a way that would bring some relief?

Join Karen Nicola as she walks beside you and helps you navigate your unique grief. Learn how putting into practice healthy grief principles can lead to restoration and healing.


6 Principles of Healthy Grieving


"This course has helped me to do my own 'necessary grief work'. To feel the pain, acknowledge something bad has happened and to start the healing journey. I learnt something valuable from each module and found the exercises very helpful. The module on forgiveness was especially beneficial. Challenging, yes! But oh, so worthwhile. I would encourage others to take this course and to share it as we will all face loss and grief in our journey at some point if we haven't already." -Linda

About the Course

This course is an interactive self-paced journey through six principles of healthy grief. It's a process that shares ways to work through and cope with pain, sadness, and loss that will open the way for healing and restoration. This is not a passive ride, but a path that takes practice and a commitment to doing the hard work. Karen is there every step of the way to give you tools and encouragement as she shares from her experience and expertise. This course supports you with grief principles that will give you hope as you move forward through your pain. Each module includes video instruction and interactive downloads with practical exercises and applications. You may leave comments and questions and will have the opportunity to communicate with the instructor if desired. This is a self-paced course, with lifetime access so you may go back and review the material as needed.


Modules Included

  • Introduction & Meet Your Instructor
  • Grief is Necessary
  • Pain has Value
  • You Grieve Uniquely
  • Grief Releases are Healthy
  • Forgiveness is The Game Changer
  • Trusting God Brings Peace
  • Share and Evaluate

What you will gain from this Principles of Healthy Grief course.

  • Learn to identify and choose your grief options
  • Learn the value of pain
  • Have compassion for yourself and others
  • Practice honesty
  • Make a plan for healthy grief options
  • Identify factors that make your grief unique
  • Learn how men and women grieve differently
  • Practice releasing grief
  • Find wisdom from other grievers
  • Learn what forgiveness is and is not
  • Examine the possibility of peace

Have any of these choices been part of your grief experience?

  • Isolating
  • Not tending to personal physical needs
  • Getting stuck in: anger, denial, regret, blame, sadness, or depression
  • Resisting or medicating the emotional pain
  • Shutting out those close to you
  • Blaming God
  • Avoiding doing difficult emotional grief work
  • Not knowing what to do and trying to ignore the pain
  • Using substances, activities, or relationships to distract you from the pain

If this sounds like you or someone you know, Principles of Healthy Grief can help. This series provides the tools and support to facilitate emotional growth and process grief in a healthy way. Grief coach, Karen Nicola, who has experienced the depths of grief from losing a child, gently guides you through 6 principles of healthy grieving. Those who have put these principles into practice have found renewed hope and a path to healing through the pain.

"I think this invitation to learn about grief and grieving is lovely and well-thought-out. Because I am a writer, I love peace and quiet, but lately, because of the pandemic, it is all too easy to be alone and isolated too much. Movies were working as an escape for a while but now I find I am needing something to formally guide me who has experience dealing with grieving people.Thank you for this opportunity to have your help guiding me. Thank you, Karen."

Your Instructor

Karen Nicola
Karen Nicola

Karen Nicola is a dynamic speaker and engaging educator, leading highly interactive workshops where her audiences learn about healthy grief and/or discover skills to authentically help grieving friends.

As a friend to the hurting heart, she has known the inexpressible experience of watching her precious three year old son slip away in death to leukemia.

In her desire to make sense of the pain, she discovered resources that comforted and brought healing. Her book, Comfort for the Day, was written so others could access these same resources.

Her marriage of 41 years is enhanced with two wonderful adult children and two granddaughters. Karen enjoys morning speed-walking, vegetarian cooking, reading, riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, and watching thought-provoking movies.

Karen loves the work she does to educate others about healthy grief and positive grief support, trusting God as the ultimate source of comfort and healing.

Guest Co-host

Steve Nicola

Steve Nicola joins Karen in module 3 to share his unique male perspective on grief and his personal journey. Steve is an integral part of the Comfort for the Day ministry and shares Karen's passion for helping others on their grief journey.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction & Welcome
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  Principle #1
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  Principle #2
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  Principle #3
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you begin. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. It is a 6 module course and usually takes 7-30 days to complete. We recommend setting yourself a schedule for completing each module. Put it on your calendar and promise yourself to show up. We are here to support you every step of the way.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We have a satisfaction guarantee. We want you to be happy and satisfied! If you are not happy with your purchase after watching at least 3 modules, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who is the sponsor of this course?
This course is a collaborative project between Beautiful Minds Wellness, a non-profit organization, and Comfort for the Day. Beautiful Minds Wellness is dedicated to inspiring and connecting individuals with wholistic mental health education and support. Karen Nicola from Comfort for the Day, is a guest instructor at the in-person workshops Beautiful Minds Wellness sponsors in Auburn, CA. Comfort for the Day has a mission to provide the best healing tools for those who grieve. We have collaborated to bring you this online course on Principles of Healthy Grief.

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