Joules 

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 
 

Joules 

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 

Typically my clients are men and women who struggle to function fully because of adverse life experiences (e.g. toxic parents, abuse, break-ups, bereavement, job loss, etc) which leaves them weighed down with years of unresolved grief. 
 
I've helped over 400 grievers since 2012 and was thrilled to be certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist in 2017 because the Grief Recovery Method certainly helped me. As an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist, I have successfully delivered the programme face to face and online. My clients have reported a sense of release and relief and expressed gratitude that they are finally free to move forward with a lot less baggage! 
 
I also deliver our Helping Children with Loss training for parents and adults who work with or care for children – a programme that is particularly close to my heart. 
 
Do contact me to discuss how I can help you find a way forward in your life with the Grief Recovery Method. You will find me compassionate, non-judgmental and ready to listen. 
 
To learn more about me you can visit 

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 

"Who knew that it was possible to turn grief around and actually achieve “closure”? I didn’t and so I reached out to Joules with a sense of uncertainty and trepidation. Emotions are alien territory for me and I have become extremely adept at wearing the ‘everything is fine’ mask even after losing my marriage, home and job that I loved all at the same time. My devastation was seeping through my well-worn mask, waves of sadness and desolation were becoming more frequent – even 3 years after the event and I was realising that 'time heals all' no longer rang true for me as I was getting worse. 
 
"My friends gently helped me to see that it was necessary to address my complex emotions around my losses head on and I am now so relieved to have found the GRM – the evidence-based approach and testimonials on the main website gave me confidence to take the first step. 
 
"The first chat with Joules instantly gave me reassurance that this would be a worthy investment in myself, not just for now but for the future. Having worked through the culturally ingrained myths and common ineffective coping mechanisms and their implications, Joules patiently and compassionately held the space and provided me the time to fully understand the steps in processing grief and the GRM components. In fact, Joules gave me the opportunity to work through 3 of my major losses, including finding peace around my miscarriages, and today I face the future with an optimism and excitement that I have not experienced for a long time. 
 
"I feel free, so relieved and through the process I was able to retrieve a catalogue of beautiful and precious memories that had become tied up with the painful recollections and so my mind had just taken to numbing huge chunks of my history. Recovering these was an unexpected gift for which I am extremely grateful. If you are seeking a thoroughly supported and supremely cathartic approach to processing grief and accomplishing emotional closure then I would wholeheartedly recommend Joules and the GRM." 
Female, 30-40yrs 
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"I was recommended GRM by a friend in order to 'get over' an ex. I’d never considered this to be a grief issue but the course helped me formulate my thoughts and feelings more clearly. I was very happy I chose Joules to assist me: she was knowledgeable, experienced and empathetic. She treated my issues earnestly but also allowed her natural humour and lightheartedness out when appropriate. 
Male, 30-40yrs 
 
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"I was desperate and was struggling to function at work and at home. I was about to lose my job because I felt overwhelmed at the death of my daughter, the break-up of my marriage years beforehand and the breakdown of my relationship with my son. The Grief Recovery Method helped me to recognise the impact of adverse childhood experiences and doing the work on my parents helped me to get rid of all the toxic baggage I'd been carrying for years. I hadn't realised that I didn't know how to deal with loss and that there are tools that help - why wasn't I taught this before?! 
 
"Joules was compassionate and made me feel safe to explore all the experiences I'd buried and that was eating away at me. GRM helped me to release myself from my childhood and I now feel a great sense of relief. I feel free and excited to go forward in my life." 
Female, 40-50yrs 
 
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"Working with Joules has been a breath of fresh air. Memories of my family used to be clouded with pain. Now memories are happy, sad, amused, sometimes infuriated (!), but the pain has dissipated. I'm able to remember and talk about them in a way that I wasn't before. 
 
"Trust the process, it really is excellent and Joules is immensely skilled at making sure you'll get the best out of it. If you're considering the GRM, then just do it. Trust me, your future self will thank you!" 
Jo, 30-40yrs 
 
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"Doing GRM blew me away! I was struggling with a new and old relationships and doing this course helped me to pinpoint why and make peace with it. Mind-blowing! GRM helped me to figure out my priorities and gave me confidence to take a massive next step. Worth every penny! 
 
"Joules was amazing and brilliantly guided me through all the stuff that came up. She was patient, understanding and human! I can’t thank her enough." 
Mark, 40-50yrs 
 
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"I found GRM by chance when I was looking for a solution to why my life was going from bad to worse. It seemed that everything and everybody was out to get me. GRM helped me make sense of it. I liked that it was structured and not wishy-washy. It was still really emotional but that’s what I learned – I need to be honest about how I feel as I go along instead of “being a strong man”. 
As Joules reminded me several times, “We are human first and foremost, and what makes us human is our emotions.” Joules knew what she was doing and knew how to challenge me in the right way when I was avoiding stuff I didn’t like. She was approachable and I liked her relaxed manner. 
 
"I’m definitely glad I spent money on myself and recommend GRM and Joules." 
Male, 30-40yrs 

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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 

  • Helping Children With Recovery
    As a new academic year begins, you may find many children need extra support and encouragement as they try to recover from two academic years full of disruption and uncertainty.
  • Grief is not a sign of weakness
    Often mourning an event, or showing sadness, can be seen as a weakness. We’d like to put this misinformation straight.
  • Preparing For the Highs and Lows of Exam Results
    Once again, the academic year has dished out lots of losses for teachers, students and parents alike; loss of normal, loss of routine, perhaps even loss of loved ones or colleagues.

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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 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 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. 
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