Debi Richens 

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 
 

Debi Richens 

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 nearly died in 2007 and again in 2015 and upon my recovery, I started to realise that the years and years of grief that I had lived with were having a huge impact on my emotional and physical health. I spent a long time studying various forms of therapy/holistic treatments to aid me in regaining my health without realising, that without shifting the grief I carried around, that would not happen. 
When I found The Grief Recovery Method in June 2019, my life changed so profoundly. I started to sleep, proper sleep by putting my head on the pillow and just closing my eyes – no books or meditation needed for the first time since I was a very small child – over 50 years to be precise! It was a revelation and something I enjoy every single day of my life now. I also found that the debilitating pain condition that I have lived with for most of my life was also benefiting from releasing this grief – I am able to move around more freely than I have been able to for many years. These are things that I never envisaged experiencing and I am thoroughly appreciating these positive changes. 
Family and friends noticed huge changes in me, particularly commenting on how my zest for life was coming back, that my artwork was showing more depth and my general demeanour was very much more energetic than it had been for many years. They also commented that they saw a light in my eyes again, that seemed to have dimmed over the years. I feel like I have come alive again for the first time in many years and, I can place this change firmly at the door of Grief Recovery since I completed my training in 2019. 
Grief Recovery gave me the space to be truly heard, honestly and openly about the pain I had buried inside from so many different areas of my life. As I learned the tools, I found an ability to move through a large majority of the many debilitating experiences of grief that were dragging me down: family deaths in tragic circumstances, loss of babies due to miscarriage, breakdown of my marriage, loss of home, life, family and pets, and finally, the disappointments of a career that did not take the trajectory that I had expected. 
The skills I have gained to help others complete their losses and move forward in their lives is so rewarding. It has given me a passion to effect positive change to enable you to move forward in a more healthy, effective way and achieve greater depth to your own life. 

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 

  • 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.  
 
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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  The 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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