Tag Archives: The Grief Recovery Method®

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Grief Reiki® Academy Anytime Webinars

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The Grief Reiki® Academy is proud to offer two new Anytime Webinars. Watch from the comfort of your home anytime it is convenient for you. And the best part is that for a limited time they are FREE.  You will also receive access to two eBooks with each webinar when you register.


Explore how to complete the grieving process and move beyond the pain associated with loss. Grief doesn’t have to be a permanent condition. Learn about commonly understood myths about grief, including the so-called Five Stages. Find out what you can do to release the emotional pain caused by the more than 40 different life experiences that can cause grief, including death, divorce, retirement and moving.

Length: 50 Minutes

You will also receive access to two free eBooks:

1) The Major Myths About Grief

2) Debunking the 5 Stages



Learn how to help a grieving friend or loved one.  Begin to understand loss from the griever’s point of view, and how you, as family, friend, coworker or concerned community member can help. You will learn practical tips for helping a griever, including what to say and what not to say.

Length: 35 Minutes

You will also receive access to two free eBooks:

1) Helping Others Who Are Grieving

2) The Grief Recovery Method Guide for Loss



Sending you love, comfort and peace!

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What’s Your STERB When You Are Grieving?

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We may find ourselves having a particular go-to behavior when we experience a loss. Taking on these short-term energy relieving behaviors (STERBS) are usually easier than actually feeling our emotions. They help numb the pain. Sometimes this numbness is literal when it comes to alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, these behaviors provide only a temporary distraction.


The Grief Recovery Method says STERBs may include:

Extreme sports

Social media addiction


Excessive shopping/retail therapy

Long hours at work

Drugs (illegal or prescription)

Overeating/not eating

Excessive exercise or not exercising

Binge watching TV/movies

Avoiding social situations

Online video games/gambling

Harmful or dangerous sex

They make you feel better in the short term but as you continue these behaviors for an extended period of time, your grief keeps trying to resurface until you can’t avoid it any longer. Eventually, you might explode physically, emotionally, or spiritually.


The best thing you can do is to become aware of these go-to behaviors. When you do, it’s easier to replace them with other healthier behaviors. For me, I found that I immersed myself in work to avoid dealing with my grief. In the short-term, it served its purpose because I would get home late and go right to bed. This gave me no time to think or feel anything related to my grief. But in the long term, I really didn’t feel any better. In fact, since I hadn’t faced my emotions at all, I felt worse. Everything started to bother me. I became angry. I felt like I might scream at my coworkers out of my own frustrations. This is when I realized that being at work all the time wasn’t helping me at all.

So I consciously made a change. I started to leave on time (sometimes even early) and went down to the beach to walk. Walking opened up the door to my emotions. I found myself crying and walking. I didn’t care who saw me. My grief journey had truly begun.

Again, taking on some of these behaviors on a short-term basis can be normal when you are grieving, and that’s okay. However, when they grow into long-term escape mechanisms, it becomes unhealthy. Being aware of your behavior patterns can help you to make a shift toward healthier coping mechanisms. Instead of working long hours, leave on time and take a walk. Instead of staying on social media until the wee hours of the morning, read a book or listen to music.

Your heart will be glad you did!


Sending you love, comfort and peace!

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Coming Back Podcast

Coming Back Podcast with Shelby Forsythia

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I am extremely honored to be featured on the Coming Back Podcast Episode #6 hosted by fellow Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Intuitive Grief Guide, Shelby Forsythia. In her podcast, Shelby explores the ideas, resources, and stories that help us “come back” to life after death, divorce, illness and more.

On the show I spoke about my journey into Grief Reiki, my multiple losses (my best friend, former fiancé, and most recently my Dad), and how The Grief Recovery Method became an integral part of my healing. Here is a direct link to Episode #6.


After losing her best friend and former fiancé to suicide within three years of each other, Sharon Ehlers overhauled her life and turned Reiki and The Grief Recovery Method®, her most valuable healing tools, into a full-time business that helps other through loss. Talk about fusing the spiritual and the practical! Rituals, dreams, chakras, and more.

Also on the show, a LGBTQ listener wants to know how they should interact with their bigoted family at a loved one’s funeral. And I talk about a grief phenomenon known as “the aftershock.”

The Coming Back Podcast podcast can be found on many different podcasting platforms such as: iTunes, Stitcher Radio, GooglePlay Music and Tunein.

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Sending you love, comfort and peace!


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