Grief Recovery Method® Programs


Conducted in Association With The Grief Recovery Institute®

What Is the Grief Recovery Method®?

The Grief Recovery Method® is a heart-centred, action-oriented program that is designed to help you complete the pain, isolation, and loneliness caused by loss of any kind. Whether you are grieving due to a death, divorce, romantic break-up, or any of the other 40 losses that can create the feelings of grief, the program will equip you with the tools to complete any unresolved emotions that are still causing you pain.

People say you have to let go” and move on” but they don’t tell you how. The Grief Recovery Method®, developed and refined over the past 30 years, teaches you how to recover from loss with supportive, emotional guidance every step of the way.

The Grief Recovery Method® offers the opportunity for you to,

  • Expand your understanding of what grief is and the various types of loss that can create feelings of grief
  • Deepen your understanding of the emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual impact of grief
  • Strengthen your foundation of healthy grieving and coping
  • Demystify limiting beliefs about effective recovery from loss
  • Communicate your emotional truth regarding your losses
  • Share your story in a safe, confidential, and supportive space
  • Identify the losses in your life that are emotionally incomplete
  • Deepen your self-awareness and your awareness in relationships
  • Identify the emotional and behavioural habits that are not serving your healing
  • Assume new ownership in your healing and in your life
  • Take action to emotionally complete your relationship with a person who died, from whom you are now divorced, or any other circumstance
  • Develop lifelong strategies to complete other losses in your life
  • Renew your sense of hope and purpose in life
  • Feel heard and seen by others without judgment, criticism, or analysis

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7-Session Grief Recovery® One-On-One Program

An individual approach to Grief Recovery® will allow you to explore and uncover your grief at your own pace with the safety and confidentiality of a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®. We recognize and appreciate that everyone’s grief healing is unique and individual, thus, you may require more than 7 sessions to complete the program. Our number one priority is your emotional completion to the pain, isolation, and loneliness caused by your loss.

The text that is used to guide you to recovery is The Grief Recovery Handbook – 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition – The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses by John W. James and Russell Friedman.

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8-Week Grief Recovery® Peer Support Group

A group approach to Grief Recovery® will allow you the opportunity to share and connect with others who have also experienced a significant loss, without judgment, criticism, or analysis.

The support group is a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to share the feelings you experienced following your loss and to courageously take new action to complete the pain associated with those feelings. It is not time in itself that heals our wounds, it is the actions we take within time that does. Thus, our grief healing program requires total commitment.

This is not a drop-in style group format. Your weekly attendance of this program is vital for maximum benefit in the healing and recovery process.

The text that is used to guide you to recovery is The Grief Recovery Handbook – 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition – The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses by John W. James and Russell Friedman. The text and other program material will be provided to you upon commitment to the program.

Your peer support group facilitator is Gina Baretta, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®.

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4-Session Helping Children Deal With Loss - Educational Series

Our four-week educational series is an opportunity for parents, caregivers, and other significant adults in a child’s life to learn new and effective ways to help a child who is dealing with loss of any kind.

The program is offered in a one-on-one and group format and offers an opportunity to develop new guidelines and strategies for empowering children to develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss. No matter the reason behind a child’s grief or the degree of severity, if a child you care about is grieving, the guidelines examined in this four-week series can make a difference.

The educational series will be guided by the text When Children Grieve – For Adults to Help Children With Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving and Other Losses by John W. James, Russell Friedman and Dr. Leslie Landon Matthews.

Your program facilitators include, Samantha Dover, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and Clinical Intern and Gina Baretta, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®.

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Two-Day Grief Recovery® Workshop for Women

Our two-day workshop is a safe and supportive space for you to take new action within the comfort of a group of women who have all experienced loss.

You will have the opportunity to examine what you’ve been taught about loss, explore your beliefs about grief, and complete a set of actions that will enable you to move forward in your life with hope. Once equipped with these tools, you will be able to work through other losses that you may have experienced in your past

The heart-to-heart connection that is formed among women who are experiencing parallel emotions, is a powerful force in our willingness to be vulnerable, courageous, and accountable in our healing. It is deeply moving to heal our wounds in partnerships and truly escape the isolation and loneliness that we often feel when we are grieving.

Your investment includes 16 hours of facilitation, workshop materials, coffee, tea, and daily lunch. Additionally, you will receive an invoice that can be submitted to your insurance or extended healthcare provider for reimbursement under “Psychology Services”.

Your two-day workshop facilitator is Ashley Mielke, Registered Psychologist, Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, and the Founder of the Grief and Trauma Healing Centre Inc.

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How Soon After a Loss Can You Begin to Recover?

Grieving people need and want to feel heard; thus, effective recovery can begin almost immediately.

We tend to create larger-than-life memory pictures in which we either enshrine or bedevil the person who died or the person from whom we are now divorced or estranged, etc. This phenomenon increases with time, making it more difficult to discover the truth within our relationships.

You have probably heard that “time heals all wounds”. That piece of misinformation creates the idea that you just have to wait for time to pass in order to feel better. Not only does time not heal, it often compounds the emotional pain. It is not time that heals, but what you do within time that does. Thus, it is never too soon to begin your grief healing.

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