Dear Colleague:

Loss comes wrapped in many different ways—the loss of a parent, child or friend, a miscarriage, financial ruin, failed dreams, being betrayed, a separation and divorce, a job, having to relocate from friends and family, that dreaded phone call with bad news, a cancer diagnosis, and more. The resulting fear and sorrow usually go deep into the soul. The grief process can be intense and comes in relentless waves filled with confusion, shock, anger, loneliness, and despair. Sometimes, the pain never seems to go away.

Scripture says, “Blessed are those who mourn,” but what does that mean… what does that look like… how do you help someone when his or her whole world has been turned upside down and nothing seems to make sense anymore? How do you answer the question, “WHY?” What do you do when you don’t know what to do? What do you say when you don’t know what to say? What about complicated grief and best practices to help build stability, offer support and hope, and facilitate the road forward to a new normal?

We are so excited to introduce to you for the first time ever our NEW “Grief and Loss Specialization Certificate” course and forthcoming certification program. I believe it is one of the best and most timely works we have ever created. Helping others deal with grief and loss is at the heart of what Christian counseling and care is all about.

In this new course, students will hear compelling stories and case examples, gain insightful and practical information, understand strategic interventions for those grieving, and learn how to walk alongside those who are in deep mourning. This program features some of the world’s leading experts on grief and loss.

Whether you are a pastor, counselor, lay helper, coach or small group leader, do not miss this incredible resource. Our goal is to help train and equip people just like you—those who have a heart to help people in need. We want to provide the necessary tools to effectively serve those who are struggling with grief and train people to confidently use the Bible to provide clear direction, encouragement, and support.

I can’t wait to see how God is going to use this new curriculum!

We love being a part of your life.


Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LMFT
President, AACC



Course Text: Grief and Loss 101