There are times in our lives when we may seem deeper in grief than we anticipated. Losing a beloved animal companion is no easy matter, especially when they are considered one of the family. Losing a loved one or experiencing a great loss is painful. With pet loss and other losses, grief can also be so deep that we don't know how we are going to get through it. It may seem never ending. People in grief need support not isolation. Believe it or not, an action plan completed over time helps complete the loss and lifts us.
Our educational, heart-based, action-focused one-on-one and group Grief Recovery Method® support programs can be greatly beneficial to a person's well-being. Held in the Vancouver region, the Program is designed to guide participants through a series of actions to not only verbalize their feelings, but also help to 'complete' the pain associated with those feelings. It is not time that heals our wounds, it is the actions we take within time that does.
There are approximately 40 million new pet loss grievers every year. Given this astounding statistic, you would think that there would be an enormous number of resources available for those who have lost an animal companion. Sadly, there is very little guidance for grieving pet guardians to achieve long-term completion of the grief caused by the death of their animal companion. Our relationships with them are almost always exclusively positive. They don't hurt our feelings, lie to us, or betray us. We can tell our pets anything without fear of judgment, criticism, or analysis. The unique relationships we have with our pets is the closest thing to an unconditional relationship that we will ever have. They are unconditionally accepting of us, just the way we are. In our program, there are no judgements made.
Other losses such as relationship, job, marriage, retirement and major health changes, can have a deep affect, as well. Regardless of the type of loss, grief is still 100% grief. It is painful and can be isolating. By carefully working through a specific action plan, participants recover from loss through a series of small and correct choices. Moving through and beyond the pain, The Grief Recovery Method® offers the probability of a richer and more rewarding life. Upon completion, participants will be also equipped to apply these actions to other losses that may occur.
Participants will be asked to commit to 6 - 8 sessions minimum to effectively complete the supportive program and allow sufficient time to benefit from the emotional work that will be done. Total honesty and commitment are required. And of course, participants will be guided by a 'heart with ears.' The Grief Recovery Method® programs do not have an occasional, drop-in format.
The text that is used to guide recovery is The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss by Cole James, John W. James, and Russell Friedman or The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses - 20th Year Edition by John W. James and Russell Friedman. A complimentary text will be provided upon commitment to the program. Reana is a certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist® by The Grief Recovery Institute®.
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I would love to send you this EBook, free. It provides some great information on grief which may help you feel better.
The Grief Recovery Method®
Guide for Loss
61 tips on the experience of Grief and
how to help people through it.
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There are 43 losses that can produce the range of emotions we call grief.
The long list includes:
Grief is considered to be normal and and natural. However, many of the concepts we have been taught or conditioned over our lifetimes about dealing with grief is not beneficial.
The next Pet Loss Group Program will be begin:
Wednesday, July 10th at 7:00 pm to about 9:00 pm. and run once a week for six weeks.
All areas of Metro Vancouver and into the Fraser Valley.
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