Aoife Douglas 

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 

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 

I am a Registered Accredited Counselling Psychotherapist (MBACP). I adopt a Humanistic Integrative approach and have studied a great deal in the area of grief and loss. I found that many of my clients were struggling with unresolved grief and I wanted to explore alternative methods. This led me to train as a Grief Recovery Specialist in 2016 and I completed my ‘Advanced’ training in 2020 enabling me to provide the Grief Recovery Method programme online. 
 
I have found the Grief Recovery process to be an invaluable method when helping people on their journey towards recovery. 
 
If you are feeling lost, stuck, broken, in pain, fatigued, anxious or stressed, all of these feelings, and more, are “normal and natural” reactions to any change that occurs in life. 
 
Maybe you find that you tell yourself to be strong and not to feel bad or that you try to replace these feelings by keeping busy? You may sometimes feel like you cannot express yourself to your friends and family, so you say nothing at all. You may find yourself asking, why do I not feel any better with time? These are just some of the issues that we explore together during the Grief Recovery Method Programme. 
 
You may have come across this page as you do not know what to say to your children during times of grief. What language to use when talking to them and how much detail to share. Our Helping Children with Loss Programme educates parents, teachers, guardians and caregivers on how to communicate with “our” children in an effective, supportive and safe manner. 
 
If any of the above sounds familiar to you please reach out and contact me. There is no charge or obligation, please call me to find out more. I am here to listen and offer support in any way that I can. 
 
To learn more about me you can visit www.aoifedouglas.com 

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.  
 

Testimonials  "While I was trying to deal with my own grief after loosing my sister, I had a huge worry on how I would bring my children through their grief of loosing their amazing fun loving aunt. I came across this programme. It has been life changing in that it has given me tools and an awareness of how I can help my children. The programme is practical and sets out a process on how to deal with any loss. It also gave me an awareness of what can be losses to children that we, as adults, may not think of. Aoife Douglas is excellent in how she gently bringd participants through this course. She makes people feel relaxed and has a gift of keeping the mood light while you are woking through emotional material" (HCWLO Participant) 

 

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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 

  • COVID-19: Six Months Later and the Pain is Still Real
    As the first wave of COVID-19 victims’ families reach the six-month milestone, and the pain of loss isn’t getting any easier, we wanted to give you some hope.
  • Deep Breaths
    One of the methods we teach for children to achieve being present is how to breathe. Why? Breathing is something we take with us wherever we go.
  • Listen Up: A Call for Compassion
    This is a time for compassion and empathy. As we go back into local lockdowns and the rate of infection increases, anxiety is also rising. Getting through the day can be hard enough for some.

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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.  
 
For more information on dates/locations, etc. please click the button below. 

Grief Recovery 1 to 1 Programme 

This step-by-step course shows individuals how to complete the actions necessary to recover from grief in seven 1-hour sessions. Taking place in a safe environment with a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, it provides a genuine alternative to counselling or therapy. 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. 

Grief Recovery Helping Children with Loss 

The Helping Children with Loss programme is for parents, teachers and anyone who works with children in a professional environment. It provides adults with the same tools and techniques used in the evidence based Grief Recovery Method, so they can assist children and young adults of any age or ability level through a loss. 

Grief Recovery Pet Loss Programme 

Click on this teThe loss of a pet can be emotionally devastating. Sadly, the impact of the heartbreak of this type of loss is often downplayed or ignored by friends and family. This 6-meeting program is focused on offering pet owners an effective mechanism for taking action to move through and beyond their grief. 

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. 

Grief Recovery Helping Children with Loss Online 

The Helping Children with Loss programme is an online course for parents, teachers and anyone who works with children in a professional environment. It provides adults with the same tools and techniques used in the evidence based Grief Recovery Method, so they can assist children and young adults of any age or ability level through a loss. 
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