Noreen Garde 

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 
 

Noreen Garde 

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 have always found myself to be a supportive person. After experiencing loss, divorce, tragedy, and heartache in my life, I felt there was something more I could do to support others who maybe going through similar experiences. 
 
So, what is grief? 
Grief is a normal and natural reaction to loss of any kind. Therefore, the feelings you are having are also normal and natural for you. The problem is, we have been led to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural. Loss can be due to the death of a loved one, the end of an important relationship, or one of many other life changing events that can summon grief. There are over 40 types of loss that can be experienced in a lifetime. Grief is individual. My loss is different to yours so there is not just one method of supporting you. There is no ‘one size fits all’… and that’s okay. 
 
A little bit about me… 
 
The first time I was aware of loss in my life was from being abandoned by my father as a child. I also saw the impact of this on my Mum who felt she had no choice but to ‘carry on’. She did not realise the effect this had on her or the family at the time. 
During my marriage, I went from being focussed on my successful career, to becoming a Wife and Mother. I felt I lost my independence and the ability to do what I wanted and when I wanted. This put pressure on my marriage, which sadly ended in divorce. 
At 39, I was made redundant from a job I started at 16 when leaving school. I felt I lost my identity and my direction, as it was all I ever knew. 
I’ve experienced the loss of close family and friends, but the loss of my mother, the head of my family was the ultimate loss to me. 
 
Attending a talk about bereavement finally made me decide to investigate how I could get involved in some sort of support or counselling. I came across The Grief Recovery Method – The action programme for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses. 
 
Attending The Grief Recovery Method training gave me the opportunity to realise the emotional losses I have experienced during my life and the ability to guide others to move beyond their loss. The Grief Recovery Method takes you through a step-by-step approach and it will also equip you with the tools to get you through any possible future loss. 
 
I provide sessions face-to-face via Facetime, Zoom, Skype and most online platforms, so if you don’t live in Hampshire, I am only a call away. My passion is to empower you and help you to find your ‘new normal’ amid a tragedy or a time of confusion and loss. 

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  "I completed the grief recovery process with Noreen after my brother died suddenly in August this year. My initial expectations after being recommended were pretty low, as this was my first big emotional loss and i didn’t ever expect to ever come out the other end of it. I didn’t know how to deal with or understand what my mind and body were going through after his death. My first communication with Noreen she called me and I could barely talk through the tears and she listened without interruption and I really felt for the first time since the death that I was being heard.   "I was really nervous to start because I was expecting it to be like counselling and I’ve never been a talker about feelings and was guilty of bottling things up being a man and trying to be strong for the others. I was wrong. Noreen is guide and a teacher and this is structured process that you work through and complete together. Not at one point did Noreen tell me how I should be feeling or what I should be thinking. This is a road to completing your loss and your grief. Not “getting over it” or forgetting.   "I can say that having finished the process I feel complete and at peace. What an amazing woman Noreen is. I can not put into words how thankful I am for this lady for taking me through this process. Noreen has a way about her I cannot explain, that makes you feel instant trust and rapport. The honesty works both ways in this process and you honour commitments together at the start of every session to complete confidentiality and honesty which makes you feel like you are on the road of completion together, with Noreen leading the way. She gained my trust from day one and I felt honoured that she was able to share with me her own experiences with loss and her own thoughts, feelings and completion journey.   "I came out the other end of this process feeling a sense of completion and peace and I can look back and say I would never have been able to achieve that if it wasn’t for Noreen and this process. I cannot recommend this enough. This is better than any pill or medication that you’re typically prescribed by a doctor to try and mask and bury the grief. Thank you for saving me Noreen." Louis Craig , 1:1 participant 

 

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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 

  • 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.
  • Lucy Herd of "Jack's Law" Talks about being a Grief Recovery Specialist
    Lucy Herd campaigned for 10 years and in April Jack's Law came into play ensuring that bereaved parents are now entitled to two weeks’ statutory bereavement leave. Here she talks to Carole Henderson about how the Grief Recovery Method has transformed her and how she plans to help others going forward.
  • 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.

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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 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. 
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