What is the Grief Recovery Method?
This powerful and dynamic experience is the most sensible, accessible,
and authentic plan available for recovery from loss. Each program is
facilitated by one of our Certified Grief Recovery Specialists® in either the
8-week group format or the 7-week one-on-one format.
It is neither a support group nor a drop-in program. It is an experiential, action-based program with homework assignments.
The Outreach Program provides a safe environment for participants to take the actions of The Grief Recovery Method. You will look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, what losses have affected your life, and take new actions that will lead you to completion of the pain attached to those losses. As a result, our participants find that they are able to discover and complete what was left emotionally unfinished due to a death, a divorce, or other major loss.
While grief is normal and natural, most of the information passed on within our society about dealing with loss 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.
Myths About Grief
Time heals all wounds
Replace the loss
Don't feel bad
Just looking at the myth that time heals creates the idea that a person just has to wait and they will feel better. We have known people who have waited ten, twenty, thirty, and forty years, and still didn’t feel better. And they would tell you that not only had time not healed them, but it also had compounded the pain.
What is the difference between The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program and traditional support?
Many grief groups provide an environment for you to verbalize the thoughts and feelings you experience following a loss. While there is a benefit to that kind of expression, it is not enough for some. The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program is designed to guide you through a series of action choices that help people move beyond the pain caused by loss. It is an eight week program that creates a safe environment in which to look at old beliefs about dealing with loss; to look at what losses have affected your life; and to take new actions which lead to completion of the pain attached to one of those losses. For the safety and success of all participants, commitment and attendance are essential.
People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program, developed and refined over the past 30 years, not only makes that possible, but also provides partnerships and guidance to ensure that it happens.