What Is The Grief Recovery Method®?

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What Is 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, New Zealand, Mexico, Sweden, Africa and the United Kingdom.


As most things in my life, it actually happened purely by accident (or maybe it was destiny).  I was off work after foot surgery and had an extended amount of time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I had been through my own grief-related events, most recently the suicides of two of my closest friends.  After the second suicide I ended up going to a Survivors support group.  It was wonderful to be able to finally talk about how I really felt!  Although that was a positive experience for me, it sort of left me wondering if there were any programs out there that really helped people recover from grief.

Sure enough as I was pretty much stuck in my bed, I searched the web for programs dealing with grief and the The Grief Recovery Method® popped up.  Coincidentally they happened to have classes here in the Los Angeles area to help me become a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® so I could help others.

I found that during Grief Recovery Specialist® Certification Training, creating the Loss History Graph was especially cathartic.  Seeing every loss I had been through (and then some) on one timeline was overwhelming.  It helped me to better understand why I had reacted the way I had to loss throughout my life.  Developing the Relationship Graph and Completion Letter for my former fiancé really helped me to heal.  With the latter, many of the things I never got to say (apologies, forgiveness and significant emotional statements) flooded out of me.  I felt like I finally had completion after reading it out loud.  It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

Today as a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, I am working to build a business to help others heal their unresolved grief.  Through one-on-one and group sessions, I can help guide participants build their own grief recovery action plan. It is humbling and rewarding to help Society recognize that grief is tied to so many different life experiences.  Maybe in understanding grief more completely, we can become better family members, better friends, better lovers, better people and live better lives. Isn’t that really our ultimate goal? It has helped me tend to my own broken heart and hopefully touch the broken hearts of others.


Here is an video introduction to The Grief Recovery Method® presented by founders, John W. James and Russell Friedman.


Sending you love, comfort and peace!



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