The Grief Recovery Method is an action-oriented process offering a toolkit to help you work through your grief process and know what to do when new challenges arise. Your grief may be from any type of loss; from death, divorce, the end of a relationship, loss of health, a career, trust, faith, or safety. Moving forward from loss is not solely about time, but rather your action(s) within that time. Every day, I work with clients who express feeling very "stuck" in their grief process. The Grief Recovery Method encourages us to feel our grief in a deeply authentic way, while embracing our own stories and integrating practical and insightful tools to help us navigate our losses in order to move towards joy, hope, and meaning.
Many of us have either been taught from an early age or have learned myths about grief, such as:
Time heals all wounds
Replace the loss
Don't feel bad
These myths are not helpful (they are in fact hurtful) to our grief process. In truth, grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. It must be honored, felt, and expressed. It can include conflicting feelings caused by the change in a relationship, familiar life circumstance or pattern of behavior.
Unresolved grief can be about things we wish we'd said more, or done differently. Completeness (not "closure") is the result of having delivered those emotional communications that either we never made, or we felt were never heard, or that need to be said again, with someone hearing us say them. It gives us an opportunity to say goodbye to the pain, which may be limiting us from fond memories and say goodbye to our unmet hopes, dreams, and expectations about the future.
I offer the Grief Recovery Method within the following formats:
The 1:1 program is 7 sessions (1 hour per week), using The Grief Recovery Handbook and includes exploration, process, and specific activities to help you work through your grief. Please note, after completion of the 7 -sessions, you are welcome to continue your work within individual psychotherapy sessions.
The Support Group is offered in two ways:
The Grief Support Group (8-week closed group, using The Grief Recovery Handbook).You will be with other grievers in a safe, compassionate, supportive space. This group explores, processes, and integrates specific activities to help you work through your specific loss or losses.
The Pet Loss Support Group (6-week closed group, using The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss). You will be with other grievers who have experienced the loss of their beloved animal(s) within a safe, compassionate, and supportive space. This group explores, processes, and integrates specific activities to help you work through the loss of your pet(s).
Please contact me for more information, including pricing (for both individual and group sessions), as well as next scheduled group offerings.
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"Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. It comes from gratitude for what's good in our lives and from leaning in. It comes from analyzing how we process grief and from simply accepting that grief. Sometimes we have less control than we think. Other times we have more.
I’ve learned that when life pulls you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again."