How I can help you
Welcome! My name is Karen Brown I am a Grief Recovery Specialist based in Worcestershire. I am also a qualified nurse practitioner and have been working within the NHS since 2002.
Throughout my professional career I have supported many grieving people faced with the sudden death of their loved ones and those dealing with long-term illness.
In 2013 my whole world came crashing down when I lost my 22 year old son from suicide. His sudden unexpected death was devastating and I did not think I would survive in a world without him. The years that followed were a constant cycle of struggle and deep relenting emotional pain. I was desperate for help and attended grief counselling and attended various support groups. Although it was comforting to express and share my own experiences it didn’t last, compounding my feelings of deep despair, frustration, and hopelessness.
I was determined not to become defined by my sons death and as a pragmatic person I knew I needed a more tangible way to deal with my emotional pain and by chance stumbled across the grief recovery method. Since completing the Grief Recovery programme my sense of release and relief have been overwhelming and has transformed my life.
I am amazed how the programme has worked for me and feel passionate about raising its profile by helping others who have suffered a significant loss. If you are feeling stuck, or hopeless about your situation and want to feel better but don’t know how, then please take that important step and reach out – I want to help.
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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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.
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
Common Myths about the Loss of a Child
The loss of a child is truly devastating. But it does not have to mean that your life is over. Let's discuss some of the common myths around child loss and what they really mean.
First Mother’s Day without Mum
Last July, just as I’d pitched up a tent in a field in Cornwall, I got a devastating call from my mum’s friend to say that she’d started coughing up blood not long after we’d left home and had been taken by ambulance to hospital. She didn’t want to worry us. The next day, we learned she had terminal lung cancer that had spread.
When motherhood isn't as expected
Some of us may struggle with a mixture of complicated feelings on Mothering Sunday - even though we are supposed to "enjoy every minute" of motherhood, things are not always as we expected them to be.
Esther Rantzen - Living with Grief
It's not very often tv talks about grief so we're thrilled that Channel 5 have given Esther Rantzen the chance to explore the topic in this ground breaking documentary. A widow herself, Esther wanted to understand other people's reactions to loss and in the in-depth programme she talks to 6 people about their grief experience.
Valentine’s When You’re Grieving
When you’ve experienced the death of your husband, wife, or partner, the lead-up to Valentine’s Day may cause you to want to hide undercover until it’s all over.
Grieving the Living
Alzheimer's Disease results in multiple losses and grief that occurs over years. Here's what to do.
- Common Myths about the Loss of a Child Posted on 13th May 2021 at 12:16
- First Mother’s Day without Mum Posted on 9th March 2021 at 16:09
- When motherhood isn't as expected Posted on 2nd March 2021 at 14:07
- Esther Rantzen - Living with Grief Posted on 17th February 2021 at 11:27
- Valentine’s When You’re Grieving Posted on 12th February 2021 at 16:07
- Lucy Herd of "Jack's Law" Talks about being a Grief Recovery Specialist Posted on 2nd November 2020 at 16:40
- The Kiss of Death on a Friendship Posted on 26th October 2020 at 19:23
- Carrying the Pain of Baby Loss Posted on 15th October 2020 at 16:57
- Grieving the Living Posted on 22nd September 2020 at 19:18
- Reaching out for a partner who is no longer there Posted on 17th September 2020 at 14:06
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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.