The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program
Are you or someone you know suffering from a loss?
Did you know that there are over 40 types of loss that can cause grief?
The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses Can Help
Death, divorce or a romantic breakup can lead to a broken heart. A broken heart can also be caused by at least 43 other types of loss. Throughout our lifetime, everyone will experience loss. Regardless of the type of loss that you have experienced, only you know how you feel. Each loss is unique because we, as individuals, are all unique. The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program is ready to help.
It’s never too soon (or too late) to start moving beyond your loss.
Simply defined, grief is the normal and natural reaction to significant emotional loss of any kind. While we never compare losses, any list would include death and divorce as obvious painful losses. Our list also includes many others; retirement, moving, pet loss, financial and health issues, among them.
The range of emotions associated with grief are as varied as there are people and personalities. There is no list of feelings that would adequately describe one person’s emotions, much less an entire society.
Grief is individual and unique as every relationship is unique, so are the feelings and thoughts each person will have about the relationship that has been altered by death, divorce, or for other reasons.
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.
The majority of incorrect ideas about dealing with loss can be summed up in six myths which are so common that nearly everyone recognizes them. Most people have never questioned whether or not they are valid. This misinformation is best described in the following:
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 had waited 10, 20, 30, and 40 years, and still didn’t feel better. And, we know that they would tell you that not only had time not healed them, but that it had compounded the pain. The other five myths carry equally unhelpful messages.
Recovery from loss is accomplished by discovering and completing all of the undelivered communications that accrue in relationships. We are all advised to “Let Go,” and “Move On,” after losses of all kinds. Most of us would do that if we knew how.
Completion of pain caused by loss is what allows us to Let Go and Move On. It is almost impossible to Move On without first taking a series of actions that lead to completion. Before taking the actions to complete, it is important to look at and often dismiss some of the ideas for myths that we have tried to use with loss, but are not working.
Safe Environment and Correct Actions
The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program creates the safety and the correct action choices that help people Move Beyond the pain caused by loss. It is a twelve week program, which creates a safe environment in which to look at old beliefs about dealing with loss; to look at what other losses have affected your life; and to take new actions which lead to completion of the pain attached to a recent loss, or one that occurred long ago.
The Grief Recovery Handbook, The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses, (released by HarperCollins in 1998), and an accompanying format written by Institute founders, John W James and Russell Friedman is used as the text for the Outreach Program.
Commitment and Attendance
The Grief Recovery Method® is not an occasional, drop-in group. For the safety and success of all participants, commitment and attendance are essential.
The Grief Recovery Method® is led by Doyle Ward, who has been trained and certified by The Grief Recovery Institute®. To ensure your success within this program, your facilitator has direct access to the founders of the Institute.
There are 43 losses which can produce the range of emotions that we call grief.
The long list includes:
- Death of a Loved One
- Divorce, or the End of a Relationship
- Loss of Health
- Major Financial Changes
- Moving, and many others
Grief is Normal and Natural but many of the ideas we have been taught about dealing with grief are not helpful
Moving Beyond Loss
If you have experienced one or more losses, and you wish to move beyond the pain, this program offers you the probability of a richer and more rewarding life.