17 Grief & Bereavement Exercises

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Grief is one of the most painful and isolating experiences a person can endure. While there is no right way to grieve, active, healthy grieving requires balancing the energy needed to cope with one’s grief and the energy required to cope with daily life.

This set of 17 Grief & Bereavement Exercises (PDF) contains a range of science-based techniques to help others find this balance as they attempt to make sense of a life that has been irrevocably changed and move them through grief in a compassionate way.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • Journaling Through Grief in 40 Days

    Help clients through the process of grief journaling so that they may connect with, express, and explore thoughts and feelings surrounding the loss of a loved one in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

  • Analyzing My Way of Grieving

    Help bereaved clients analyze their way of grieving so that they can better understand the multidimensional nature of grief.

  • People Supporting You As You Grieve

    Help your clients analyze and create a visual representation of the relationships and resources that they can access to support them as they grieve.

  • The Right to Grieve In Your Way

    Help bereaved clients to feel less pressure to feel or respond in a certain way during their grieving process.

  • You Are Not Alone in Your Suffering

    Help clients recognize that while their experience of grief is unique, the loss is a natural part of the broader human experience

  • Working Through the Four Tasks of Mourning

    Inform clients about the tasks of the mourning model, help them identify their current task of grief, and take steps to move through this task.

  • The Life Certificate

    Help clients renegotiate their relationship with grief by creating a ‘Life Certificate’ that honors the lives of lost loved ones and solidifies an enduring emotional connection with the deceased.

  • Taking Care of the Grieving Self

    Provides a framework for assessing your client’s levels of self-care while providing suggestions and space to brainstorm novel and creative ways to take care of the grieving self.

  • Sharing Your Loss with Others

    Help clients share their loss with others by talking about their grief, listening to the stories of others, and reflecting upon their experiences.

  • Metaphors of Grief

    Help clients access, accept and process their feelings of loss and grief through the use of metaphor.

  • Restoring the Broken Mirror Metaphor

    Using the metaphor of restoring a broken mirror, this tool helps clients identify useful activities that will help them reassemble the pieces of themselves that were shattered by loss.

  • Reconnecting With the Deceased Through Imagery

    Help bereaved clients use imagery to intentionally connect with the inner presence of the deceased.

  • Creating Rituals Around Loss

    Help clients create rituals around loss inspired by their love for the deceased so that they can better manage extreme emotions and regain the sense of control impaired by life-changing loss.

  • Continuing the Bond to the Deceased Through Ritual

    Help clients brainstorm and establish traditions to celebrate the lost loved one in their life.

  • Bigger Than Grief

    Help clients prevent complete immersion in grief by connecting with their strengths and values.

  • A Fine Line Between Avoidance and Helpful Distraction

    Help clients find the balance between processing their grief and utilizing adaptive avoidance activities so that they may find experiences that provide temporary respite from the intensity of grief.

  • A Letter to the Deceased

    Help clients reflect upon their relationship with the deceased and articulate any lingering thoughts, concerns, or regrets associated with things left unsaid while the person was still alive.

This pack contains the 17 highest-rated grief & bereavement tools that our practitioners use for their own development, in coaching, for teaching, or in a therapeutic setting. Each of the tools has been created in collaboration with universities and experts around the world. 

All of the tools are rooted in science, draw from the latest research and insights from the field of positive psychology, and include references, practical advice, and a detailed description of how to use them.

Download them today to better help others and grow your practice.

*Please note that these tools are also included in our Positive Psychology Toolkit.

The following experts create our tools and resources:

  • Alicia Nortje


  • Anna K. Schaffner


  • Claire Vowell


  • Elaine Houston

    B.Sc. (Hons)

  • Gabriella Lancia


  • Heather S. Lonczak


  • Hugo Alberts


  • Jeffrey J. Gaines


  • Jeremy Sutton


  • Jessica Swainston


  • Joshua Bourne


  • Joshua Schultz


  • Lucinda Poole


  • Maike Neuhaus


  • Melissa Madeson


  • Nicole Celestine


  • Oliver Page


  • Tchiki Davis


Yes, of course! While these tools were designed with practitioners in mind, they are written in an accessible way so that anyone can benefit from them.

Upon purchase, you will receive access to a .zip file containing all the tools as PDFs. If you have any difficulty accessing the tools, please contact us at info@positivepsychology.com.

This can vary a lot from one exercise to another. As a general rule, most take around 30 minutes to complete but can take longer if more reflection is required. Some tools take place over a longer period of time, such as a week.

The tools can be adapted for the self, individuals, groups, teams, and different client populations. You are free to use your own experience and expertise to adapt the tools to your own particular scenario.

Yes, but in order to promote good practice, please note that you are advised to use the tools within the boundaries of your professional expertise. For instance, if you are a certified clinician, you are advised to use the training within clinical psychology. Likewise, a school teacher may use the tools in the classroom, but it would not be advisable to use them for clinical populations.

The exercises and interventions aren’t specifically designed for any particular age group, but you can adapt any of them so that they are suitable and age-appropriate.

The vast majority are, yes. Every tool has an icon that indicates whether it has been tested at least once in a scientific study and published in a peer-reviewed journal. We always include references and credits for each tool. The tool developers are academics with scientific and experiential backgrounds.

You’re free to download these tools in PDF format and print them for your personal or professional use, such as in a coaching or classroom setting. You’re not allowed to publish these tools publicly.

Within seven days of your purchase, if you decide that the tools aren’t for you, we’ll be happy to offer a refund.

Absolutely! Send Lucy, our Practitioner Success Manager an email at lucy@positivepsychology.com and she will gladly take care of you. Alternatively, you can call us on 1-424-272-1280 (our working hours are 9am-6pm EST, Monday - Friday). We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Arzu Ozkose

    The tools were very profound for a coaching session and also for further work of the client’s self-transformation.

    Arzu Ozkose Life Coach

  2. Rakesh Lazar

    The set of tools and exercises offered were applicable to a wide variety of objectives in co-partnering with my clients and students. Everything about the way it has been created is just glorious! They are evidence-based, instructional, visually comforting, intuitive and most of all… serves the purpose of bringing clarity and awareness!

    Rakesh Lazar Transformational Coach

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