Carol Speed 

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 

Carol Speed 

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'm an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist and have been delivering the 1-1 programme to adults and Helping Children with Loss with great success testimonials since I qualified early in 2018. 
My career with Young People and families helped me to discover GRM and through the training I discovered I could offer so much more. I was recently widowed and through experiencing the GRM I was given the tools to 'complete' on my grief. Previously I was in a very dark place and my goal was not to 'live' but to 'exist' however after completion of the programme I was able to move on with life without the intense and debilitating pain I had been experiencing! I have also completed on other losses - some of which I was not aware I had and were stopping me from being engaged with 'life'. That is why I fully endorse the Grief Recovery Method Programme in helping people with many types of losses (over 45 losses) including bereavement,ending of relationships,redundancy,security and good health. 
I can offer the Grief Recovery Method 1-1 and 'Helping Children with Loss'programmes face to face or online. 

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 
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 
Loss of career 
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.  


"The course was delivered in a friendly and open manner, the grief recovery programme is a programme that is empowering. Not only did this course allow opportunities for personal reflection, it also made us feel like we can facilitate support that we know is the right thing to do. There is a clear path to follow to ensure that the griever is getting the opportunity to share and be listened to and eventually complete on their grief. 
"Without this course I would not be as prepared to provide this support to children in their most vulnerable of times. I have a handful of children in my class alone who since being with me in September have experienced loss through divorce or through the death of a loved one. Thank you for the tools that will support these children when they need it most. They are not in a great place, I feel that I have what I need to help them though the most difficult times. 
"Additionally, the course has helped me to complete with some of my own losses, leaving me in a stronger place. This has been some of the best training that I have ever had, the children who will receive this support will benefit hugely. Thank you to Carol, who nurtured us through a very ‘heavy’ course. 
"Thank you to Carol also for modelling being open. There was lots of reading for this course, but I think that this was most certainly manageable and helped to focus the mind on the course, the reading materials are a ‘good’ read, interesting, engaging and although heavy in content are manageable as they are so interesting, I seemed to fly through the chapters. 
"I think that this course is a must for all educators, to be able to be emotionally open and available as well as knowing what to do and say to support a child and help them to heal." 
- Leanne Thomas, Teacher 
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"The training will be hugely beneficial in supporting children at school, particularly in light of the pandemic and the various losses children will have experienced. The structured, action-based approach is something I can relate to and imagine being especially helpful. 
"Though dealing with loss is the principal aim of the course, I feel there’s plenty of good practice that’s transferable. 
I found the text really accessible, essential given the subject matter. The nature of the sessions was great, particularly having to tackle such an emotional subject via zoom! Carol made full use of the break out facility and in every session plenty of opportunities were provided to share our thoughts, questions and generally clarify our understanding.  
"I am interested in exploring the area further and have already recommended Grief Recovery to others. Thank you to Carol for supporting us through the course and keeping us engaged whilst tackling some tricky topics, on a Tuesday evening, after a long day at work, quite a task!" 
- Michael Hoyle, Teacher 
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"The most frustrating thing about the course is how little is known about it. Every adult supporting children should be aware of this, I would even go as far as to say every adult should know about it and about the Greif Recovery Method. I genuinely believe that this course would make a huge difference to a lot of people’s mental health and could prevent mental health issues arising in the future for children and could help rebuild many fractured relationships. 
"The learning from this training will help me to effectively support children with all types of loss and will help me to educate parents and other practitioners wanting to support children with loss. 
"The book has so many powerful and positive messages that will stay with me. I feel that I can use those messages to encourage other people to pick it up and read it too. I also enjoyed reading about the importance of honesty, Now I have completed Helping Children with Loss I won’t ever doubt myself again as the book has confirmed this and the learning through the course has demonstrated the results (from my own childhood) that being dishonest with children has." 
- Alex Doyle, Family Support Service 
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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: 


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  


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