Within a 10 year period my parents died just months apart, my best friend died from breast cancer, and my husband of 22 years and I divorced. But, it was the death of my eldest daughter that sent me looking for a grief support system in addition to the counseling I was already receiving. I found that there were not any groups within a reasonable distance. In 2010, I obtained the charter for a national bereaved parents’ group and for five years I was their facilitator. I certainly found the support of the group beneficial but felt that I wanted to actual work with my grief as opposed to just repeating it. That is when I discovered the Grief Recovery Method.
It is through my personal experience, that I found how very beneficial the GRM is; It is a simple and methodical, but effective process. Grief is one of the greatest sources of pain. It is one of the most natural occurrences and at the same time remarkably misunderstood. Often the pain of grief is treated with unhealthy demonstrated learned behaviors. I became a certified instructor in 2020 knowing that I could help clients find their way through their debilitating losses within their life with unforeseen sorrows but not be defined by them.
I live in Santa Ynez , CA and offer 7 week one-on-one grief support, 8 week grief group support, Helping Children With Loss, and Pet Loss using the Grief Recovery Method. Please contact me if you would like to know about available dates. Remember, grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. It isn’t a disorder, there’s nothing wrong with you.
What others are saying:
"The grief that brought me to connect with Anna wasn't what I ultimately worked on. Intellectually I learned so much more about how and why I grieve about various things in my past. Most surprising was the acceptance of my emotions around grief. I was able to validate my feelings instead of dismissing them and with the gentle guidance and support that Anna provided I was able to do the work. I would recommend this process to EVERYONE. Such deep healing can be achieved if you're willing to do the work." RM, Solvang, CA
Anna's ability to hold space while I cried was incredible. And her ability to share deeply personal/vulnerable stories of her own helped normalize what I was experiencing and not make me feel like an emotional mess. It's okay to be an emotional mess, and she helped me understand that. AND, I learned a lot and better understand my emotions around my Grandfather's death. I can't tell you how much better I feel and I feel like a bright light is now shining where I thought there was only darkness.One-on-One SupportParticipant in Solvang, California09/14/2023
The program helped me to move forward but never forget Sergio. Some of the homework was hard and I honestly didn’t have any interest in it but then I found that everything just poured out. Anna Cook my facilitator was absolutely amazing.One-on-One SupportParticipant in Solvang, CA03/22/2023
It was very beneficial for my recent loss of 22 year old daughter. I found it extremely helpful to have an environment to understand and process my lossSupport Groups08/04/2022
It has provided a different way for me to think about grieving. I came away feeling that I had learned so much. I was able to deal with my grief in a way that feels clear and complete for the moment, but that I have the tools for handling more that I'm sure will arise.One-on-One Support03/17/2022