Sara Louise 

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 Louise 

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 had that light-bulb moment about three years ago when I completed Grief Recovery's Helping Children with Loss programme. My heart had always sunk and I had felt desperate every time I had taken a call or received an email from a parent of a child I taught to tell me their child was facing a loss. I muddled through wondering whether I was doing the right thing or whether I was making their suffering worse. This programme literally provided me with all the answers that I had been seeking and provided me with the confidence knowing I was doing the right thing. This programme changed my life both professionally and personally. 
 
As a teacher I want to do the very best for the children and young people in my care. I want them to thrive and want them to achieve the potential they are capable of. However life is not easy and so many of our young folk face difficulties that are beyond our imagination. These losses inevitably have an impact on them reaching their potential. I have gained knowledge, experience and more in importunately a toolkit that allows me to successfully guide a child through their loss journey; whether that loss is caused by the death of their pet, the separation of their family, transition from one school to another, the loss of friendship group or the loss of a parent/grandparent. 
 
Personally I realised the death of my grandparents, godmother and my father (which all occurred in the space of 5 years before I turned 20) had a profound affect upon my life and the relationships that I have with other members of my family and the relationship choices that I was making. Carole, who took me through my own personal workshop, helped me realise the unresolved grief that I carried around with me and how heartbroken I was. I should have received an Oscar for my award-winning performance of acting as if I was in control. The reality was very different and I was bouncing from one illness to another, from one bad relationship to another because I didn't want to face the pain I was carrying with me. 
 
Ask yourself ... Are you feeling heartbroken? Do you feel you are only just in control of your feelings and emotions? Do you cry on your own in the shower so no-one really knows how you feel? Do you feel that your grief is holding you back? Grief is a normal and natural reaction caused by any one of the 40+ different life losses. Whilst we hope that we ‘know’ how to cope with these events we often feel lost and can’t find the support that will make us feel better. 
 
Like you I am a griever having lost my nearest family members in tragic and unexpected circumstances in a relatively short space of time. At the same time I have to guide so many young people through losses that could easily shape their lives. The Grief Recovery Method helped me make sense of the grief I faced and helped me remember the good memories without the pain and hurt. It has helped me to reassure the children in my care and to provide them with the answers that they so desperately need. 
 
The Grief Recovery Method is not counselling or therapy, it is an education programme; a series of small steps taken that allow you to complete with the loss you face. I can help you through this process; allowing you to let go of the ‘if only’, ‘why’. The programmes I offer show you a step-by-step, week-by-week process and toolkit that help you not only heal your hurt but help you be equipped to face any future losses. 
 
Please contact me, for a no obligation chat, so we can discuss a time to meet or discuss the amazing programmes I offer, so I can support you on your Grief Recovery journey. 

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.  
 

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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 

  • COVID-19: Six Months Later and the Pain is Still Real
    As the first wave of COVID-19 victims’ families reach the six-month milestone, and the pain of loss isn’t getting any easier, we wanted to give you some hope.
  • Deep Breaths
    One of the methods we teach for children to achieve being present is how to breathe. Why? Breathing is something we take with us wherever we go.
  • Listen Up: A Call for Compassion
    This is a time for compassion and empathy. As we go back into local lockdowns and the rate of infection increases, anxiety is also rising. Getting through the day can be hard enough for some.

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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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