How I can help you
Hi and a warm welcome to my website. I’m Tara and I live near Bristol in South Gloucestershire.
At the beginning of this year, I suffered a miscarriage and the grief caused by this loss massively affected my mental health and ability to work. I tried many things to help including taking time off work, creative writing, and talking therapy with a grief counsellor. Sadly, none of these helped with the overwhelming and all-consuming grief.
A friend then recommended the Grief Recovery Method and since successfully completing the programme I have never looked back.
The Grief Recovery Method enabled me to process my grief, let go of the pain and return to work. I now recognise previous significant losses I had ignored and have gained a set of tools to be equipped against future losses, not only to help myself but also my child.
I was so moved by what I learnt that I felt a new sense of purpose and qualified as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Through the training I have gained the knowledge and skills to safely lead you through the action steps with care and compassion on your journey to recovery.
The Grief Recovery Method has impacted me so greatly that I am passionate about offering this help to others. If you need to be heard and want to be shown how to move on from the pain of your loss, please reach out to me.
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
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.
Should I let my child go to a funeral?
A question we often get asked is “should I take my young child to a funeral?” Here is our advice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Grief is not a sign of weakness Posted on 24th August 2021 at 10:23
- Should I let my child go to a funeral? Posted on 18th June 2021 at 12:48
- 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
- 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
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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 Method Pet Loss Support Group
The Grief Recovery Method Pet Loss Support Group is an 8-week, step-by-step group course in how to complete the actions necessary to recover from grief. It is not a drop-in group; nor is it counselling or therapy. In a safe, comfortable setting led by a trained Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, you will meet others who have also suffered from the loss of their beloved animal companion.