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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. 

    Whether you choose an 8-Week Recovery Method Support Group or the 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. 

    The Grief Recovery Method Support Group

    Each grief recovery support group is 8 weeks and will not exceed 8 participants. Participation is pre-registered. For the safety and success of all participants, commitment and attendance is essential. 

    The Grief Recovery Method One on One Program 

    Designed to serve those who want to meet with the therapist on an individual basis. The one on one program uses the same format as the support group and is completed over seven weeks.

    Next Support Group will begin in

    March 2020



    March 3 through April 21, 2020


    Cost of 8 wk program is $380 per participant. Please inquire if interested.

    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