An evidence-based program to help you recover from grief
Grief is about a broken heart, not a broken brain.
Eight (8), two-hour, action-based group online sessions led by a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist (CGRS) – online sessions will occur once a week on a pre-set schedule (see program dates below)
A personalized Completion Certificate (to be mailed upon completion of the program)
20th Anniversary Edition of The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses, including Health, Career, and Faith by John W. James and Russell Friedman, founders of The Grief Recovery Institute (see below for instructions to purchase your book)
Accountability Support Partner(s) to share your weekly assignments and keep you on track
Access to From Grieving to Healing resources to help you recover from your losses and take actions to reclaim and rebuild your life
From Grieving to Healing special keepsake
“My life is different now after having completed the Grief Recovery program, because I realized that my grief wasn’t just about the immediate loss, but about the feelings and old wounds that the loss re-opened.”
I was struggling with the fact of being unjustly let go from a job. In the Grief Recovery program, I realized that it wasn’t so much the loss of the job that was disturbing me, but it was more so the feelings of abandonment that this loss had created that were hurting me. Grief Recovery calls on you to dig deeper and, through exercises, discover what is truly upsetting you most so that you can address it.
Cathy was a fantastic facilitator, and she truly made everyone feel right at home. Even now that my Grief Recovery program is complete, I have such a high respect for Cathy, and regard her as a very good friend and confidant. I would highly recommend Grief Recovery in general, but specifically under the guidance of Cathy.
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“Everyone should take the Grief Recovery program! It was such a game-changer for me, because I now understand that grief is not just the result of the death of a physical life here on earth, but we grieve all types of things, relationships, situations, and changes in our lives.”
My mom has multiple sclerosis (MS) and I was emotionally struggling with the changes in her health over the last few years as her illness has progressed. I realized that my unresolved feelings of grief were affecting my relationship with my mom, and I had to let go of the relationship that I knew in order to accept and foster a new relationship with her. The Grief Recovery program helped to put things into perspective for me on how to handle different changes in relationships.
Cathy has such a compassionate heart and her teaching style really allowed me to self-explore and gain a new understanding of grief and healing that I had never known or experienced before. I learned to acknowledge my losses and confront them differently. I am able to approach the relationship with my mom in a whole new light – I am more understanding, compassionate, and accepting of who my mom is today versus who she was when I was growing up. My relationship with my mom is healthier and I am now better equipped to deal with the changes that come as a result of her illness on a daily basis.
“Cathy is masterful at looking at the greater picture. This really helped my progress in the Grief Recovery program, because she asked me questions that challenged me and helped me reach my recovery.”
I came to Grief Recovery because I was experiencing changes in my life that I was not able to control and were affecting my relationship with others. This program was a life-changing experience for me, and I realized that we are often misinformed on how to grieve by our parents, friends, and even society as a whole. We are told to not feel bad, to be strong for others, to stay busy, and that time will heal all wounds. Sometimes people are trying to help us by telling us these things, but they don’t know the proper way to deal with grief. Grief Recovery guides us to identify the unhelpful methods that we turn to when we are grieving, and then it challenges us to dig deeper so we can emotionally heal. Cathy’s teaching style is very professional, and she is a genuine friend who cares about everyone’s individual healing journey. I would recommend this program to everyone!
These 6 myths limit us in our ability to deal with inevitable losses and hinder our recovery when someone important to us dies, or we get divorced, or when we’re impacted by any of the 40 other life events that can produce feelings of grief.
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Grief is the normal and natural reaction to a loss of ANY kind. It is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.
Loss comes in many forms and there are over 40 types of losses. Among them are:
Often these common life experiences are not seen as grieving events. However, we grieve for the loss of ALL relationships that we deem SIGNIFICANT. If the major loss events in your life have not been associated with death, this does not mean that you may not be grieving – it just means that you may have experienced loss in other forms and/or within situations that may not be associated with death.
For more information about grief and loss, please contact us via our online contact form or call us at (310) 954-1996.
Here at From Grieving to Healing, recovery means feeling better. It means claiming your circumstances instead of your circumstances claiming you and your happiness.
Recovery is finding new meaning for living, without the fear of being hurt again. Recovery is being able to enjoy fond memories without having the precipitate painful feelings of regret or remorse. Recovery is acknowledging that it is perfectly alright to feel sad from time to time and to talk about those feelings no matter how those around you react. Recovery is being able to forgive others when they say or do things that you know are based on their lack of knowledge about grief. Recovery is one day realizing that your ability to talk about the loss you’ve experienced is indeed normal and natural. Most importantly, recovery means acquiring the skills that we should have been taught in childhood, which allow us to deal with loss and grief directly.
Obviously, recovering from a significant emotional loss is not an easy task, but we are here to help you. Taking the actions that lead to recovery will require your attention, open-mindedness, willingness, and courage.
Grief Recovery is for anyone who suffers from grief no matter what the cause. There are over 40 types of loss experiences including death, divorce, moving, pet loss, change in financial status, and loss of trust, to name a few.
…then Grief Recovery is for you.
Although there are no stages or feelings that every single griever experiences, there are some common symptoms of grief. Do you relate to any of these?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are probably experiencing unresolved grief.
It is never too soon to address your grief.
Think about the following analogy: If you have a terrible fall and break your wrist, do you just go about your day and wait for the injury to heal on its own, or do you go to the emergency room right away and get your wrist checked? If you’re like most people, you would likely rush to the ER. Aside from being physically painful, a broken wrist can severely interfere with your daily routine and responsibilities, and perhaps even force you to take time off from doing certain things and engaging in particular activities.
Well, grief is an injury too – not a physical injury, but an emotional injury – and grief can also be severely painful and cause a negative interference and hindrance in our lives when not addressed.
Often times, we place a lot of importance in our physical health and end up neglecting our emotional health. Yet, neglecting our grief can have an even greater negative impact in our life and relationships, because unlike a serious physical injury, grief can get buried and hidden deep down inside us. We can go through our daily lives, and months or even years could go by without acknowledging our emotional pain. However, unresolved grief eventually comes to the surface – whether it’s after 10 months, 10 years, or 40 years – our unresolved grief can and will wreak havoc in our lives if it is not addressed timely and properly.
The great news is that we are here to help you! At From Grieving to Healing we strongly advocate for you to address your grief as soon as possible. Similar to a serious physical injury, grief is an injury that requires immediate attention so that you can address your emotional pain and get on the right path to healing.
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. It’s not a pathological condition or a personality disorder, but society says there is something wrong with you if you aren’t happy all of the time.
Some of the most common things people hear following a loss are not helpful including “we know how you feel” and “it just takes time.” No one can ever know exactly how you feel because no one had the relationship you had.
Time alone does not heal heartache. Many people come to us with broken hearts over deaths that happened over 20 years ago. It’s not time that heals, but what you do in that time.
Our grief support programs are designed to walk you through a journey from grieving to healing with a proven format to help you take clear actions that will lead you to a happier life.
A Certified Grief Recovery Specialist is a trained professional that focuses on helping grievers recover from the emotional pain resulting from a loss of ANY kind. We are trained to give you the tools you need to effectively navigate and overcome the turmoil that can result from grief and loss, and our programs offer you an opportunity for personal healing.
Most people relate grief to death, but there are over 40 types of losses people can experience in their lifetime. Since grief is normal and natural, we don’t want to confuse it with mental or personality disorders. Psychotherapy focuses on the treatment of mental and personality disorders.
As Certified Grief Recovery Specialists (not psychotherapists), we deal with grief and grief only. Our grief support programs are structured to help individuals, groups, and organizations from ALL walks of life by providing a “toolkit” to help grievers effectively navigate and overcome the emotional turmoil that can result from grief and loss.
Grief is about a broken heart, not a broken brain. Hence, our grief support programs focus on the FEELINGS and EMOTIONS associated with loss, rather than the intellectual processes that often hinder grievers from moving beyond the emotional pain that comes from loss.
Yes! Many of our clients simultaneously participate in psychotherapy. Here at From Grieving to Healing, we believe that our grief support programs can actually serve to enhance your psychotherapy sessions. Our programs are specifically designed to get to the root of the emotional pain resulting from grief and loss, and the work that we do can help facilitate communication and progress in your psychotherapy sessions.
From Grieving to Healing offers grief coaching and support services for individuals, groups, and organizations from all walks of life.
Some of our services include:
Yes, we do! Several of our Certified Grief Recovery Specialists are bilingual in Spanish, including our founder, Cathy.
Our Certified Grief Recovery Specialists are based out of several locations throughout Los Angeles County. We can go to you or we can make arrangements to have you come to one of our offices or designated locations. If you are only available via phone or online, we can make arrangements for that as well.
You can find information about our programs and fees on our Services & Pricing page. Our fees may vary based on what service(s) you require as well as the meeting location and availability of our Certified Grief Recovery Specialists. We offer custom-priced packages for individuals, companies and organizations, and groups of any size.
We accept cash and all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. We also accept company/business checks, but we do NOT accept personal checks.
At this time, we do NOT accept medical insurance as a form of payment for our services.
We are always on the lookout for awesome Certified Grief Recovery Specialists to join our team of professionals. If you are interested in joining us, please complete the Candidate Sign-Up Form and we will be in touch with you shortly to schedule an exploratory call. We look forward to connecting with you!
We are always on the lookout for awesome candidates from all walks of life that have a passion for helping people move beyond loss. If you are interested in joining our team of professionals, please complete the Candidate Sign-Up Form and we will be in touch with you shortly to schedule an exploratory call. We look forward to connecting with you!