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The Action Program for Moving Beyond Loss


Simply defined, grief is the normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. 

However, while grief is normal and natural, most of the information passed on within our society about dealing with grief is not normal, natural or helpful. Grief is the emotional response to loss, but most of the information we have learned about dealing with loss is intellectual


             Time Heals All Wounds

             "Just give it a month, it will get better."

             Grieve Alone

             "You just need time to yourself."

             Be Strong

             "Hang in there and be strong for the family."

             Don't Feel Bad

             "Don't cry..."

             Replace the Loss

             "You'll be dating someone else in no time. Don't                        worry about it."

              Keep Busy

             "Life goes back to normal if you keep yourself busy."

Many of these myths are all too familiar and often come to us from very well-intended sources, but unfortunately they do little to heal a broken heart. Just looking at the myth that "time heals" creates the idea that a person just has to wait and then they will feel better. We have known people who have waited ten, twenty, thirty and forty years yet still never felt better. And they may tell you that not only did time not heal them but it actually compounded the pain. All the myths carry equally unhelpful messages.  

A Broken Heart Can be Healed

The Grief Recovery Method is an action-oriented program held in a safe environment which allows you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life and take actions that lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still cause you pain. 

With a 7-Week One on One Program you will be guided through reading and writing assignments outlined in The Grief Recovery Handbook - 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition, written by John W. James and Russell Friedman, founders of The Grief Recovery Institute. 


The key to your success in this program hinges on your willingness to apply yourself to the weekly homework assignments designed to help you move beyond loss. 

Could you be grieving and not know it?

There are over 43 losses can produce the range of emotions we call grief.

Loss is a part of Life, but suffering is optional.

Free e-book compliments of The Grief Recovery Institute

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Loss of Health/Change in Body

medical conditions, illnesses, pain, disability, debilitating or terminal diseases, mental capacities, aging, loss of body part from surgery or accident


Loss of Control/Safety

natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, social conditions, hospitalization, rape, robbery, betrayal, sexual or physical abuse, unanticipated events, crises, traumatic event


Loss of Freedom

political, employment, incarceration, stigmatized disease


Loss of Home

moving, natural or man-made disasters, aging, homelessness


Loss of Identity or Life Roles  

marriage, career, empty nest, retirement, relationship

Loss of Important Object(s)

favorite objects, family heirlooms destroyed in fire, flood, theft

Loss of Independence

change in living situation, entering nursing home, marriage, having a child


Loss of Job and/or Income

downsizing, layoffs, retirement, career change


Loss of Life

death, suicide, illness, accident, homicide, murder, war, loss of pets, missing person


Loss of Hopes & Dreams  

divorce, miscarriage, adoption, infertility, relationship, job, career


Loss of Relationship

death, divorce, separation, illness, adoption, miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth


Loss of Religious Beliefs

questioning beliefs, disillusioned with church

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