How I can help you
At 26 years old my son and I were separated when, without a word, my estranged husband decided to return to his native country and take our son with him. Although he was returned safely to me the searching and longing was horrendous. It was too painful for anyone to talk about, so I buried my experiences and my feelings, then a series of subsequent losses hit me hard and I wondered why I couldn’t seem to cope with life very well.
As a freelance occupational therapist I specialised in the loss experienced by a person and their family after a diagnosis of dementia. I explored further and became a Grief Recovery Specialist. When I did this training I did not anticipate how much it would help me come to terms with and to complete the losses of my past. I now deliver Grief Recovery programmes; helping others in my community to rebuild their lives.
At Grief Recovery (UK) we recognise that grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss whether that loss has been brought about by a death, the end of a relationship, loss of health or job. We experience many losses throughout our lives and ‘pull ourselves together’ until a final loss seems to totally overwhelm us - this is when we need help and support.
I have worked alongside many clients with success and believe the programme will always remain a resource to the person who completes it. If you are local to Shropshire or North Herefordshire and you feel you need grief support please contact me.
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
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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.