Grief Recovery Method

The Heart of the Grief Recovery Method

While the Grief Recovery Method is supportive, it differs from other support groups. For example, it is not a casual drop-in gathering. Commitment, attendance and participation are essential to your successful recovery. During our sessions, you will not be judged, interrupted, criticized, analyzed or advised by other members or by me. You will be listened to and acknowledged with respect. Therein lays the support.

Was your loss from:

Death of a loved one?

Death of a less than loved one?

Death of a pet?

Divorce or end of a romantic relationship?

Loss of custody?

Loss of someone as you once knew them?



Or loss of any other kind?

When did your loss occur?

Was the loss recent or long ago?

Was it sudden or expected?

The grief resulting from loss affects everyone in a unique way. Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness.


If you are experiencing grief from any loss, then there is nothing wrong with you. You are experiencing the normal human emotional response to loss. You do not need to be fixed. You do need to be guided through a process which will enable you to complete unfinished communication with the source of your loss. By taking a series of small correct actions we can move beyond loss to a fuller and more meaningful life, regaining energy and spontaneity.

Grief is about a broken heart, not a broken brain. We work together to heal the heart. Recovery from significant loss is possible.

This effective and proven method consists of structured, progressive and focused lessons modeled by the instructor. It guides those who wish to resolve their loss issues and move beyond the pain. We deal with the varied emotions surrounding grief. We do not try to think or intellectualize the emotions away.

John W. James, Founder of the Grief Recovery Institute, and its Executive Director, Russell P. Friedman, created The Grief Recovery Method®. They are the authors of the text used as a basis for the class:

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded edition, The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses by John James and Russell Friedman (2009)