The Grief Recovery process assists participants to ‘move on’ beyond the pain, isolation, and loneliness and dysfunctional behaviours caused by significant emotional loss. While death may be the most obvious loss, this process is not limited to those losses. There are many life events that can produce feeling of grief.
The process provides tools to deal with loss and is sequential.
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss whether that loss has been brought about by a death of someone important, the end of a relationship, or one of the other life events that invoke grief.
Throughout the process information and guidance is given as to various methods which enable the grief and possible dysfunctional behaviours to reach completion, assisting the participant to move forward with their lives.
The process is recognised by dozens of professional bodies internationally. In the UK so far it is endorsed by the BACP for 30 hours CPD, Quality Checked® by the National Counselling Society and by the Training Development Agency for schools (TDA)
Other methods appear mainly to offer a path to discovery of the losses in life. However, the Grief Recovery process maintains that discovery is not the same as recovery, and with this in mind the process involves an action plan and a series of small steps that when taken, in order, by the griever, lead to the completion of the unresolved business linked to the loss.
Grief is defined as the “conflicting emotions that follow the ending or change in familiar patterns of behaviour.” This complex emotional state has nothing to do with our intellect. We cannot rationalise ourselves better. Therefore any “treatment” that appeals to our heads and not our hearts can be doomed to fail. The grief recovery process addresses emotions and assists in the release of the emotional pain experienced by death and other losses