Andrew Cowan 

Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist 

Offering programmes in the Grief Recovery Method, the only evidence-based programme of its kind that has been helping people heal from all major life losses for over thirty years 
 

Andrew Cowan 

Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist 

Offering programmes in the Grief Recovery Method, the only evidence-based programme of its kind that has been helping people heal from all major life losses for over thirty years 
Aoife Douglas Grief Recovery Specialist
Aoife Douglas Grief Recovery Specialist
 

How I can help you 

My name is Andrew Cowan and I am an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist from SE London. I work supporting people through their Grief Recovery Process, in groups over extended retreats and offering 1-1 online connection internationally.  
 
I appreciate the different perspectives of life, that it is a very personal journey and everyone’s experiences are different. Grief can be a very disempowering emotional feeling. It can also make you feel isolated with an overwhelming need to be heard. However, there maybe no one available to listen or you may simply prefer to share with someone who has been trained to hear you without judgment or criticism.  
 
Right now, something has brought you here to discover more about the Grief Recovery Method so please get in touch so we can talk about how we can work together.  
 
My own personal journey with Grief brought home to me how difficult it is to share the immense weight of emotions associated with the sorrow of terminal illness, through loss of life, of bankruptcy, betrayal of trust and relationship breakups. This can create an overwhelming feeling of isolation. However, now you are here and you have already started on the road to recovery.  
 
Grief manifests in our lives in many different ways and it is accumulative. We experience loss through the conflicting feelings caused by the end of, or change in a familiar pattern of behaviour, which can leave us with a build up of un-communicated emotions. Grief is most commonly associated with bereavement, but it is also experienced through job redundancies, divorce, lost childhood, illness, disability and many more significant life experiences.  
 
Having spent my life working outside I have gained a huge respect for the living harmony of nature, its natural rhythms and cycles of life, through birth to death. I feel more and more people are increasingly finding themselves separated in an artificial world, suffering from what eco-philosopher Richard Louv calls a ‘nature deficit disorder’. Here we find another source of grief in the loss we feel in isolation cut off from our natural environment.  
 
If this resonates with you please get in touch to find out more. We can talk about working through The Grief Recovery Method 1-1 online or discuss the options for a more immersive retreat based programme at my center in Bulgaria. More information can be found at www.HarmonicAlchemy.eu 

Over 40+ life losses can leave us feeling bereft 

When we think of bereavement, we usually think of the death of a loved one. Most people looking for bereavement counselling or a grief coach only feel entitled to do so if someone close to them has died. 
 
However there are over 40 different personal losses that can leave us feeling devastated, heartbroken, lost, hopeless and ultimately cause the same emotional and physical symptoms of grief.  
 
The Grief Recovery Method is unique in that it is applicable to any and all kinds of loss. Each Certified Grief Recovery Specialist has been trained to guide grievers without judgement, criticism or analysis. We do not compare losses and we know that every griever is unique. 
 
Not only can the action steps within the Grief Recovery Method be applied to any type of loss, they can be used again and again with any future losses that occur - once you have participated in a Programme, you will have all the tools you need to cope with loss later in life. 
Death of a loved one 
Divorce, separation, breakup 
Estrangement of family members 
Miscarriage 
Infertility 
Abusive or absent parent 
Loss of safety due to trauma 
Death of a pet 
Retirement, empty nest 
Loss of health 
Loss of finances 
Loss of faith 
Relocation 
Loss of career 
Addiction 
Loss of identity 

Evidence Based 

The Grief Recovery Method is the only evidence-based grief programme in the world. Research published in peer-reviewed journals has shown that it makes a measurable, positive difference in people's grief journey.  
 
 

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Helping Children with Loss 

Helping Children with Loss
In addition to Grief Recovery Method programmes for grievers, I also offer courses for adults - parents, teachers and professionals - who would like to be better equipped to help the children in their care cope with losses of any kind. 
 
The ACEs-informed Helping Children with Loss programme uses the same principles of the evidence-based Grief Recovery Method but adapts them for use with children of all ages and ability level.  

Connect online 

Connect Online 

Learn more about the Grief Recovery Method on your own: 

Videos 

Bereaved Mum Nicky Clifford recommends The Grief Recovery Method 
From devastating bereavement to Grief Recovery - Jill Attree's story 
A brief introduction to the Grief Recovery Method  

Articles 

  • Common Myths about the Loss of a Child
    The loss of a child is truly devastating. But it does not have to mean that your life is over. Let's discuss some of the common myths around child loss and what they really mean.
  • First Mother’s Day without Mum
    Last July, just as I’d pitched up a tent in a field in Cornwall, I got a devastating call from my mum’s friend to say that she’d started coughing up blood not long after we’d left home and had been taken by ambulance to hospital. She didn’t want to worry us. The next day, we learned she had terminal lung cancer that had spread.
  • When motherhood isn't as expected
    Some of us may struggle with a mixture of complicated feelings on Mothering Sunday - even though we are supposed to "enjoy every minute" of motherhood, things are not always as we expected them to be.

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Grief Recovery Group Programme 

Experience the power of Grief Recovery in a group setting. 8 two-hour sessions with a maximum of 12 people. The programme is task based with weekly homework assignments using the Grief Recovery Handbook as the reference book.  
 
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Grief Recovery 1-1 Online 

This evidence-based, step-by-step course will help participants complete the actions necessary to recover from grief in seven 1-hour sessions that take place online with an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist. It is a powerful, dynamic, sensible and accessible programme that is genuinely for anyone willing to take the necessary actions to help themselves. 
 
The programme is task based with weekly homework assignments using the Grief Recovery Handbook as the reference book. 
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