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Grief Recovery

Are you suffering from a broken heart? Our 8-Week Grief Support Groups or 7-Week Individual Sessions provide a safe environment for you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life, and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain. Each Grief Support Group is facilitated by one of our Certified Grief Recovery Specialists.

Reiki Sessions

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. We offer traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho, the predominant form of Reiki practiced worldwide. We are trained and registered Reiki Masters and are members of the International Association of Reiki Professionals®.

Grief Reiki®

Grief Reiki® is an integrated approach to grief and loss using Reiki and other spirituality-based techniques. It’s not a coincidence that the symptoms associated with grieving and the benefits of Reiki almost match each other one-for-one. Reiki energy knows right where to go to balance and heal. Receiving Reiki when we are grieving helps us to take better care of ourselves physically, spiritually and emotionally.

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Self-Reiki When Grieving

Practicing Self-Reiki When You Are Grieving

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Practicing self-Reiki really helped me when I was grieving the deaths of my two loved ones.  I truly believe it really helped to keep me in better health during those times . Do I have any way to scientifically prove it? Not really other than I felt calmer, slept better and didn’t get sick during those

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Angel Circles

Angel Circles

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WHAT:  Angel Circles help you to connect to your Angels for comfort and healing while you are grieving. They offer an alternative to the traditional Grief Support Group. Sessions are informal so comfortable clothing is suggested. WHO:  All are welcome but Angel Circles are especially for those who are grieving  a loss of any kind and those interested in learning more about the

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Grief Reiki Circles

Grief Reiki® Circles

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WHAT: Grief Reiki® Circles provide an integrated approach to grief and loss using Reiki and other spirituality-based techniques. They offer an alternative to the traditional Grief Support Group. Sessions are informal so comfortable clothing is suggested. WHO: All are welcome but Grief Reiki® Circles are especially for those who are grieving a loss of any kind and those

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Healthy Eating – Grief Reiki® Card Reading

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Healthy Eating This card is a reminder of the importance of making healthy food choices. One of the common responses to grief is a change in our appetites. In some cases, you may feel like eating everything in sight. In other cases, you may not want to eat at all. The very sight of food

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Empty Nest Grief

Empty Nest Grief (Part II)

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This is an update to an article I wrote over a year ago about grief and the empty nest. I wrote it on the day my youngest was coming home from college for Spring Break. I hadn’t seen her since Christmas vacation. It made me think how, as the youngest of my three children, her leaving

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Reiki Elements

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What is Reiki? Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s.  Mrs. Hawayo Tanaka brought Reiki from Japan to the West in 1938.  Reiki is given by the “laying of hands” that has been practiced for thousands of years.  In

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What To “Expect” When You Are Grieving

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While grief and loss affects people in different ways, most people have responses that are common when they are grieving. Feeling like you’re going crazy, in a bad dream, or on a roller coaster of emotions is pretty much normal.  Since every relationship is unique, how a person grieves is unique to that relationship. If

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Why Grievers Need A Hug

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Hugs are one of the greatest forms of healing. They are a natural way of reducing stress. Virginia Satir[1], a respected family therapist, stated, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Hugs affect your emotional, physical and spiritual

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Grief Diaries: Hello From Heaven

Grief Diaries: Hello From Heaven

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Released on July 12 2016, Grief Reiki® is a proud contributor to Grief Diaries: Hello From Heaven. Fascinating true stories about after-death communication and the power of love. Grief Diaries creator Lynda Cheldelin Fell dreamed of her daughter’s death two years before it happened. When the nightmare came true in 2009, she watched her deceased grandmother guide her

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Download Guide To Pet Loss eBook

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Losing your pet is painful. Grief is normal and natural, but society has taught you that it is not acceptable to feel sad. Most people consider their pet a part of the family, so losing your pet can be traumatic. Because we live in a “feel good” society, we are raised with misinformation about how

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Grieving for the Living

Grief Diaries: Grieving For The Living

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Released in June 4 2016, Grief Reiki® is a proud contributor to Grief Diaries: Grieving for the Living Losing someone we love is a heartbreak unlike any other experience, especially if they are still alive. Because loss comes in many forms, Grief Diaries: Grieving for the Living is dedicated to sharing the stories of wounds left in the

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How To Help The Newly Bereaved

Grief Diaries: How To Help The Newly Bereaved

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Released in April 2016, Grief Reiki® is a proud contributor to Grief Diaries: How to Help the Newly Bereaved When someone loses a loved one, what do you say? What can you do? How to Help the Newly Bereaved is a powerful guidebook of suggestions and tips by 22 experts, the bereaved themselves, who share

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Myths About Grief

Download Myths About Grief eBook

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These unhelpful MYTHS about grief can keep you stuck in the pain and sorrow following a significant emotional loss.  Most of us over the course of our lifetime have heard at least one or more of the following MYTHS after the loss of a loved one: Time Heals All Wounds Grieve Alone Be Strong Don’t Feel Bad Replace

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Miscarriage

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Miscarriage is a natural and common event. More women than you think have experienced at least one; others many more. If this is the reality, then why is pregnancy loss so hard for society to deal with? People talk around it but rarely about it. I think it goes back to the fact that anything dealing with loss is

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Surviving Loss By Suicide

Grief Diaries Book on Suicide Named National Finalist in 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

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“Being recognized as a Finalist is a high honor and something about which any author can and should be justifiably proud.”– Ellen Reid, NIEA President “A high honor, books that are recognized as Finalists are in every way outstanding. We are proud to announce the winners and finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that

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Loss of a Loved One

Grief Diaries: Loss of a Loved One

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Released in December 2015, Grief Reiki® is a proud contributor to Grief Diaries: Loss of a Loved One Part of the Grief Diaries series dedicated to offering comfort, company and hope in the aftermath of life’s challenges and losses, Grief Diaries: Loss of a Loved One is a collection of intimate and candid narrations from different writers about losses from different

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Over 40 Different Grieving Events

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In the late 1960s, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe conducted research that resulted in the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS), more commonly known as the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale. This scale lists over 43 different life events that can cause stress. Each event, called a Life Change Unit (LCU), had a different “weight” for stress.

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Surviving Loss By Suicide

Grief Diaries: Loss By Suicide

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Released in December 2015, Grief Reiki® is a proud co-author to Grief Diaries: Loss By Suicide Part of the Grief Diaries series dedicated to offering comfort, company and hope in the aftermath of life’s challenges and losses, Grief Diaries: Loss by Suicide is a collection of intimate and candid narrations from different writers about their journey through losing a

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Why Are People Avoiding Me?

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Has someone close to you died and you wondered why everyone seems to be avoiding you? I have. At first you don’t notice it as much because you are in a daze. But once you emerge from the fog, you realize no one seems to be around. It’s like everyone disappeared to the four corners of the earth.

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Can You Grieve A Divorce?

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Sometimes we are quick to judge and wonder why anyone would grieve a divorce. Before we start on this topic, I wanted to share a Grief Recovery Method® definition, “Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.” If we look at divorce as changing a

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Does Working In The “Grief Business” Make It Easier?

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I am often asked if working in the “grief business” makes it any easier to deal with grief. The answer quite honestly is yes…and no. Let me explain why. On the “yes” side, as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® I was trained to help people get through the pain caused by unresolved grief. As part of that

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Grief Reiki® Card Reading (December)

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Here is the Grief Reiki® Card Reading for December. The Grief Reiki® Card Reading was my way of trying to pull together comforting thoughts and words for a griever in a non-traditional format. The approach is to Pick-A-Card that jumps out at you. Whatever number comes into your head first. Or just go with your gut.

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Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Grief

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How are we supposed handle it when Thanksgiving, Birthdays and Grief all hit at the same time? November 25 is the birthday of my former fiancé. He would have been 62 years old. This year it is also the day before Thanksgiving. A bittersweet day. Every 7 years his birthday would fall on Thanksgiving. It usually became a

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Grieving Through The Holidays

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The Holidays can be the toughest time of the year for so many. It’s another reminder that the people we loved are no longer around. This could be as a result of a death, break-up, divorce, move or other loss-related event. Instead of crawling up into a ball and hiding under a yule-tide log, here

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Grief Reiki® Card Reading (November)

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The Grief Reiki® Card Reading was my way of trying to pull together comforting thoughts and words for a griever in a non-traditional format. The approach is to Pick-A-Card that jumps out at you. Whatever number comes into your head first. Or just go with your gut. Now read the message corresponding to the card you

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Forgiveness (The Other “F” Word)

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Forgiveness, the other “F” word, is one of the recovery components from unresolved grief. We know we have to do it but it’s so darn hard. We find all the reasons we can to NOT forgive. We convince ourselves that forgiveness is “crazy talk”. But….he did this. But….she said that. It would be WRONG to forgive.

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Helping Friends With Grief

Helping Friends Who Are Grieving

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Last week was a tough week. Two dear friends both buried their Mothers. I can’t imagine the pain and sadness they must be going through. Thinking of them reminded me it would be a good time to talk about how we can help our friends who are grieving. What should we say? More importantly what shouldn’t

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Grief Reiki® Card Reading (October)

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The Grief Reiki® Card Deck was my way of trying to pull together comforting thoughts and words for a griever in a non-traditional format. The approach is to Pick-A-Card that jumps out at you. Whatever number comes into your head first. Or just go with your gut. Now read the message corresponding to the card

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Career and Grief

Your Career and Grief

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Our local paper recently ran an article about 100s of layoffs at a large company in our area. This isn’t the first time they have made this type of announcement. Employees have lived on pins and needles for years with lay-off threats. I can’t even imagine how it has affected them. Like a cloud hanging constantly over their

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Grief Reiki® Card Reading (September)

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The Grief Reiki® Card Deck was my way of trying to pull together comforting thoughts and words for a griever in a non-traditional format. Here is the card reading for September. The approach is to Pick-A-Card that jumps out at you. Whatever number comes into your head first. Or just go with your gut. Now

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What, No Funeral?

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There have been a few instances in my life when I was either unable to attend a funeral or memorial service because it was in another state or the family decided not to have either one for the deceased. Either way it can be painful for those left behind trying to grapple with their grief. Funeral and

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Moving and Grief

Moving and Grief

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Moving is not normally treated as a grieving event. Since the definition of grief is “the conflicting feelings caused by the change in or the end of a familiar pattern of behavior”, it is understandable why moving can cause feelings of loss. In fact, children are especially susceptible to the emotional effects of moving. People

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Grief Reiki® Card Reading (August)

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The Grief Reiki® Card Deck was my way of trying to pull together comforting thoughts and words for a griever in a non-traditional format. The approach is to Pick-A-Card that jumps out at you. Whatever number comes into your head first. Or just go with your gut. Now read the message corresponding to the card

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Grief Educational Courses

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Grief Reiki® LLC offers the following The Grief Recovery Method® educational courses to help participants deal with a loss of any kind. While death and divorce may seem to be the most obvious losses, courses are not limited to those losses. There are more than 43 life events that can produce feelings of grief. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ What is

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Losing A Beloved Pet

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Words can’t describe how it feels to lose a pet. For many, a furry friend is a beloved member of their family. For others, their pet is the only family they have. Often when a pet passes away, people resort to incorrect mechanisms to deal with the grief. Sometimes they even attempt to replace the pet

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Helping Children With Grief

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How can we better help children with grief? As a society we haven’t done a very good job. We encourage children to express joy when they are happy; but we discourage them from expressing their sadness when they are unhappy. These mixed messages have contributed to most of us growing into adults who try to cover up

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My Personal Loss Story

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 In 2015, The Grief Recovery Method® Blog featured my own Personal Loss Story. https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/blog/2015/05/personal-loss-stories-sharon-ehlers [Over the last 35 years, The Grief Recovery Method® has been honored to work with some incredibly brave people. Every day we receive phone calls from people with unimaginable stories and enormous courage. We will be featuring some of these stories in

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Urban Legends About Grief

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Most of us over the course of our lifetime have heard at least one or more of the following statements after the loss of a loved one: Time Heals All Wounds Grieve Alone Be Strong Don’t Feel Bad Replace The Loss Keep Busy Society has perpetuated the use of these terms so much so that they

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Grief Anniversary

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Since time does not heal when it comes to grief, it is not surprising that the Grief Anniversary of a loved one’s death can be just as painful as the day they died. For me, this weekend marks the three year anniversary of my former fiancé’s death. Although we were no longer together when he passed away,

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Getting Past “Grief Victimhood”

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Admit it. We all know people who wallow in self-pity and/or perpetual sadness to the point that their “grief victimhood” defines them. They limit their thoughts and feelings to only the negative aspects of a person who has passed or a loss event that has occurred in their life. They cling to the disappointments and anger they have suffered at

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How Can Reiki Help With Grief?

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I’ve been asked a number of times how can Reiki help with grief?  That’s a great question. I had been studying and receiving Reiki long before the deaths of my loved ones. So when they died, one of the first things I did each time was to call my Reiki Teacher and Mentor for a session. Anymore who

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Empty Nest Grief

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I am writing this on the day that my youngest is coming home from college for Spring Break. Haven’t seen her since Christmas vacation. As the youngest of three, her leaving for college was the most painful. For parents facing an “empty nest”, life can become a huge grieving event. It is either devastating or it is

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Reiki Inner Peace

Reiki Brings Inner Peace!

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One of my most favorite quotes in the whole world is from the Peace Pilgrim, an American non-denominational spiritual teacher and peace activist. She said, “When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” I always found this to be so profound. How many people wonder why nothing

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Outreach Program or Bereavement Group?

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As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® many people have asked me what the difference is between The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program and Bereavement Groups. Since I have participated in both, I wanted to share my perspective. Bereavement Groups:  After the suicides of two friends, no one seemed to want to talk to me about what happened.

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I Feel Awful

I am Grieving and I Feel Awful

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Feeling awful when you are grieving is perfectly normal. Since every relationship is unique, how a person grieves is unique to that relationship. If feeling awful is your thing, then you are right on track. Other normal reactions can include everything from feeling numb to wanting to eat everything in sight to not wanting to eat at all. I remember

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Birthdays and Grief

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How are you supposed to handle birthdays and grief?  March 3 is the birthday of my best friend, Joy. She would have been 58 years old. She was just like her name – full of JOY and PASSION for life. Since she died, I have still tried to remember her birthday every year.  I am sure

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What is “Reiki”?

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What is Reiki? Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It was re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s.  Mrs. Hawayo Tanaka brought Reiki from Japan to the West in 1938.  Reiki is given by the “laying of hands” that has been practiced for thousands of years.

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What is “Grief”?

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What does “grief” really mean? The definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary says grief is “deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement”. The Oxford Dictionary says grief is  “deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death.” All I know is that any time there has been a grief “event” in my life, it hurt like

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The Grief Recovery Method®

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The Grief Recovery Method® is an action program to move beyond death, divorce and other losses.  It was founded almost 30 years ago by John James and Russell Friedman. Grief Reiki, LLC leverages material developed by The Grief Institute®, which provides training coast-to-coast, border-to-border in the United States and Canada with affiliates in Australia, Mexico, Sweden, and the

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What is “Grief Reiki® LLC”?

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So why start a company called Grief Reiki®? This is VERY different than what I have been doing for the last 30 years so why even make a change? When I told a few people that I what I was planning to do, someone told me focusing on grief sounded depressing.  Maybe it does but

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The Grief Recovery Method Guide for Loss