When should I arrive?
We will begin at 8am on Thursday morning. Please arrive by Wednesday evening. Remember that Sedona is easily one of the world’s most beautiful and popular travel destinations. If you can schedule your extended vacation around the certification program, we highly recommend it. Things to see and do in Sedona include hiking, mountain biking, Palatki and Honanki ruins, jeep tours, helicopter tours, cave exploring, camping, Slide Rock, hiking in creeks and mountains, and so much more!
How much is it and what is included in the Compassionate Bereavement Care Certification® program fee?
The cost is $995.00 for the four-day program. Light breakfast and lunches for four days are included. You will pay your own hotel fees and any other costs of travel. You may become certified with or without continuing education credits. There is an additional $200 fee for 30 CE hours and the certificate for those.
What about phones and electronic devices?
Please turn off all electronic devices and phones during the program out of respect for fellow attendees. We ask that you do not use computers during the session, and audio/visual recording is not permitted.
Do I have to apply to be accepted into the program?
Yes, application is mandatory for certified providers.
What if I am not accepted into the certification program?
This training may be unsuitable for you at this time. You may reapply no sooner than 24 months from the first application date.
Can I attend only a day?
Because of the nature of this event, please plan to attend the entire program.
Are scholarships available?
This training is a fundraiser for the MISS Foundation, an international nonprofit organization that aids parents enduring the death (or impending death) of a child. Scholarships are not available. Consider that your fee for the program will help many families in crisis.
What time does the training start and end?
Registration commences at 7:30 am on Thursday morning. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will commence at 8am, and all four days will last until 5pm with a 60-minute lunch break. Lunch on-site is provided in your registration fees. See our Course Schedule for more detailed information.
What is the nearest airport?
The nearest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport which is approximately 2 hours away. You can rent a car or take a shuttle to Los Abrigados in Sedona. The Sedona Phoenix Shuttle (928-282-2066) provides transportation from the airport to Sedona. You will make your reservations for the shuttle in advance. Please refer to our Travel Info page for more details regarding the Los Abrigados Resort.
Can I request a vegan/vegetarian meal?
Please contact the hotel and alert them to your dietary requirements. They are able to accommodate most requests.
What is the weather like?
The retreat location is in breathtaking Sedona, Arizona and is located in the high desert at 4,500-feet altitude. Typical high desert weather in summer is warm in the day cooling off at night.
Do I need to have a graduate degree?
In most all cases, yes. This is a post-graduate certification program. Exceptions are for nursing, hospice, and on a case-by-case basis. If you do not have a graduate degree, please email your vita to email@example.com and reference your application for the certification program.
How are the accommodations?
The accommodations are in uptown Sedona. You will be within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and hiking trails. The location is one of the most beautiful in the world!
What should I bring?
The climate is changeable, so bring a variety of loose, comfortable, casual, layered clothing. Bring outdoor walking shoes as well as slip-on shoes. Bring hat and sunscreen in the spring/summer and/or rain gear in the fall/winter for outdoor walking. Please bring tissues, a few pens or pencils, notebook or journal, and photos of your loved one if you are also bereaved.
Who should attend?
Clinicians with a graduate degree who are interested in this burgeoning field including nurses, physicians, social workers, sociologists, mortuary scientists, first responders, counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, graduate students, and others working with those who are traumatically bereaved. If you do not have a graduate degree, you will need to send a vita to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Can I pay by credit card?
Yes you can either through online registration or when sending in the registration forms.
What do I do if I need to cancel?
Send an email as soon as you know you’ll have to cancel. There is a non-refundable cancellation fee of $100 by 7/31/17. There are no refunds for cancellations after August 1, 2017. Please save your email and if you do not receive a cancellation notice back within 48 hours, please call us with your intent to cancel at 602-279-MISS (6477).
*The MISS Foundation does not provide a refund for any reason after the stated cancellation date nor do we offer a refund for cancellation or withdrawal once a program has begun.
How do I maintain my certification?
In order to remain provider certified, we ask that you focus a minimum of 6 continuing education hours every two years on grief, death, or trauma. We will offer opportunities for continuing education to our providers at deeply discounted prices, both online and in person.
Can the Compassionate Bereavement Care Certification® program be brought to us?
Yes, however, attendees at your hospital, agency, counseling center, hospice facility, or other organization may still need to complete the application process depending on desired trainings. Please contact us if you are interested in bringing Dr. Joanne Cacciatore or this training to your location.