The ONLY Evidence Based Grief & Bereavement Programme in the World
For nearly 40 years the Grief Recovery Method has helped people all over the world move beyond bereavement, divorce and other losses. As a result of the work of over 10,000 Grief Recovery Specialists our programmes have received many thousands of thank you notes, reviews, testimonials and feedback surveys speaking of the huge difference this structured, heart-led approach has made.
In Spring of 2019 we reached a new milestone when the peer reviewed American Journal of Health Education (Volume 50, Issue 2) published research carried out by Dr Rachael D. Nolan and Dr Jeffery S. Hallam of Kent State University (Ohio, USA) which confirmed that the Grief Recovery Method made a "measurable, positive impact on the grief journey of the participant."
According to their findings, “The GRM programme is an evidence-informed, practice-based program that has been shown to effectively influence components of grief and grief recovery.”
The studies indicate that the eight-session directed approach used in Grief Recovery Method Support Groups is effective in dealing with the symptoms of grief no matter what the type of loss.
What is the Grief Recovery Method?
The Grief Recovery Method programme was exclusively developed by grievers, for grievers and is based on over 40 years of experience. Using The Grief Recovery Handbook as a reference, grievers can work with a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist to learn the action steps necessary to ease the pain caused by grief.
Unlike bereavement counselling or grief coaching, the programme follows a specific structure and does not go on indefinitely, for months or even for years. The programme is task-based, with weekly homework assignments and specific, accessible, powerful action steps that can be applied to any type of loss. The sessions help participants identify their long-established beliefs and behaviours, examine the losses they have experienced in life, then learn and take the actions that will help them complete the pain attached to those losses and let them go.
The programme has been implemented across the globe in 22 unique countries and translated into more than 15 different languages.
What does the research say?
The research conducted thus far has shown that the programme effectively influences participants’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours of grief recovery. Its evidence-based practices are grounded in behavioural theory, group cohesiveness, meaning-making, and prolonged exposure therapy.
The study measured the size of the effect the Grief Recovery Method (GRM) has on participants:
Effect size is measured between 0 and 1 with 0 being equivalent to 0% and 1 being equivalent to 100%, so a score of 1 is a perfect score - that 100% of the participants were impacted by the programme. 0.8 (80%) or more is considered excellent. Between 0.5 and 0.79 is considered good.
Most community-based programme effect sizes range from 0.2 - 0.5 on average.
On the variable of knowledge (pre test - post test) GRM scored an impressive 0.82
On the variable of attitudes (pre test - post test) GRM scored an almost perfect 0.91
On the variable of beliefs (pre test - post test) GRM scored a good 0.53
On the variable of behaviours (pre test - post test) GRM scored very good 0.78
After completion of the programme the most frequently reported coping behaviours that participants were less likely to engage in were:
misuse of prescription drugs
illicit drug use
After completion of the programme the behaviours participants were more likely to engage in were:
The GRM functions as a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention public health programme.
Why an evidence-based programme is a smart choice
The scientific community has been increasingly aware of the effects of grief on the mental and physical wellbeing of sufferers. For those experiencing an inability to concentrate, fatigue, depression, inexplicable illness – this is wonderful news. Unresolved grief, even from losses that occurred in childhood, can account for long-term, debilitating levels of stress in the body that can increase the risk of grave illness or disease. Taking action to relieve this long-term stress can greatly improve participants’ quality of life.
If your heart is broken and you're looking for the best help possible you can now contact us with increased confidence that it will make a real difference to you. (For more about how GRM can help with your loss click here.)
If you commission interventions or programmes for people who have experienced any form of loss, no matter what the cause, then the combination of an evidence base and the structured format (meaning finite cost) makes the Grief Recovery Method the obvious choice.
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Purchase a copy of the Grief Recovery Handbook to learn about the myths of grief and the action steps taken in a Grief Recovery Method programme.
Learn how you can train to help others with grief and help yourself at the same time with one of our training programmes.
Read the article abstracts from the American Journal of Health Education below. (Full text articles are available to subscribers of the American Journal of Health Education only.)
Construct Validity of the Theory of Grief Recovery (TOGR): A New Paradigm Toward Our Understanding of Grief and Loss
Measurement Development and Validation for Construct Validity of the Treatment: The Grief Recovery Method® Instrument (GRM-I)