Sara Donnelly 

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 
 

Sara Donnelly 

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 am a Qualified Nurse and Licenced and Insured Holistic Educator and Practitioner. I was introduced to the Grief Recovery Method in 2019, during my own recovery from a Head Injury which had lead me on a very challenging journey (physically, mentally and emotionally). 
Attending the Grief Recovery Method Training gave me the opportunity to explore, witness and complete the emotional losses experienced during this journey and also to raise and work on past significant emotional losses encountered that had subtly stayed hidden within me. 
I went on to complete my Advanced Training in April 2020 which has enabled me to deliver the programme Online and extend my geographical ability to work with clients far and wide. 
The Grief Recovery Method is a scientifically proven, evidence based, educational programme which takes you through a specific step by step approach to enable you to heal both present and unresolved significant losses and will also equip you with the tools to assist you through future losses that you may experience. 
I am also trained to deliver the Helping children with Loss Programme which educates parents, teachers and any adult who is involved or responsible for children and young adults, on how to communicate with “our” children and young adults in an effective, supportive and safe manner to enable them to process and work through loss. 
If you are feeling lost, stuck, heartbroken, fatigued, anxious or just do not know where to start or who to talk to; please know that these feelings are natural and normal. I offer a safe and confidential space for you to gently work through what has kept you stuck and unable to be in the present moment. Don't wait for 'time to heal’, ‘keep busy’ or ‘be strong', call me for a no obligation, informal chat to talk about how you're feeling and see whether you feel this programme is right for you. 
 
To learn more about me you can visit www.spiralshealing.co.uk 

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 have just completed the GRM Online Programme with Sara. I had some complex and difficult things to explore and Sara was amazing. She had the knowledge, skills, insight and compassion to really help me on my journey. The GRM Programme is so helpful if you need to let go of things, I would highly recommend it. Sara is a great practitioner and she gave 100% of herself in supporting me through the process. Thank you Sara!' - K. Fitzhugh - 1:1 Online Participant.  "Sara came into my life when I was trying to come to terms with my sons suicide. I have tried to help people during my working life as a police officer but nothing compared to the hurt that was inside me. She gently walked me through the "Grief Recovery Method" and although it was emotionally difficult at times ,with her expert help I came out the other side with the deep pain removed and a better understanding of how to deal with completion and grief. The method itself was very good but this lovely person with her knowledge and understanding made the whole process worthwhile. I can now take on the fond memories of my son without the hurt. Thanks again Sara"-M.W – 1:1 participant.  "This programme has helped me so much after the loss of my mum. Not only have I learnt so much about grief, the myths and STERBS, but it has made me feel more complete with my loss. I find myself using everything I’ve learnt from this programme on a daily basis and it has given me a better understanding about my grief and how to support others when they are grieving. I felt 100% supported the whole way through with Sara and she pushed me to carry on even when it got hard. I felt completely comfortable opening up to her, which is so important when completing this programme. I would recommend this to anyone who has lost someone or experienced grief in their life"- Evie Clark, 1:1 participant.  "I can't recommend Sara highly enough. Everyone should have her in their life! For 4 years, I have really struggled with the unexpected loss of my Dad, who was my rock and died suddenly. Having just finished the programme with Sara I feel so much lighter. I have a way forward, at last. Thank you Sara!"- Hannah Walton, 1:1 online participant.  "It’s taken me a while to write this but I’m finally ready. This beautiful woman gave me the tools to release my grief, to accept my pain & find peace in a way that I never thought I would. Sara, you are truly gifted. My shoulders are lighter & my heart is bigger than ever before. I would recommend this wonderful soul to anyone looking for guidance and healing. The GRM method is something I’ve related to more than any of help offered in the past. All I can say is thank you.  You are a heart with ears & it’s incredible what you are doing for people. To hear that you have now completed your advanced course makes me overjoyed! You are one of a kind🧡  Anyone looking for guidance and grief recovery now or in the future please don’t hesitate to contact Sara. Her heart is something ALL can connect with🤍"- Pippa Larkin, 1:1 participant.  “Despite the fact you might feel daunted by the idea of talking about your loss, I have to say that after the first few sessions I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am recommending the programme, and especially the practitioner, to my clients that I know would benefit from this amazing experience of letting go. Thank you very much for inviting me to join this programme. I have loved every minute of it even though it scared me to start with. I have come out of it a much better person, and my work colleague has noticed a distinct change in my outlook”- Jane Lee, Participant.  “I have just completed the 7 week GRM programme with my specialist Sara . I have tried so many ways /therapies over the years to deal with a very deep rooted personal loss, and after completing this programme, I have finally managed to finally say goodbye to the deep heart ache that I had carried. This program has also given me to tools to continue to work through additional losses, and I am so grateful to Sara for her trust , support and for guiding and enabling my heart to be free from pain”- Joan Hughes, Participant who then went on to train to be a Specialist.  "The Grief Recovery 7 week course, is a must for anyone struggling with unresolved emotions. I have found the course with Sara my specialist, to be brilliantly enlightening, and empowering, and for the first time I feel optimistic for the future. I would highly recommend this course and I thank Sara so much for her support and guidance throughout the 7 weeks"- Laura Worsfold, Participant.  "Sara is such a kind, caring and professional person. I would recommend anyone to do this programme with her"- Joe Kane, 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.  

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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 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. 

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 Helping Children with Loss Online 

The Helping Children with Loss programme is an online course 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. 
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