Catherine Ray, MSW, LCSW
GRM Specialist
Email Specialist

Location

Fishers, IN

Phone Number

+1 317 575 0500

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Programs Presented In

English

Utilizing my education as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, my training, and my personal experience has proven to be most effective in providing my clients with empathy and compassion, a deeper understanding of dealing with loss, grief, mourning, and much-needed emotional support – all of which can result in a great sense of hope and healing. Seeing lives change is the greatest and most satisfying aspect of what I do.

My personal journey with grief began my freshman year in college when my boyfriend was killed in an automobile accident. I regretted that I never had the chance to say goodbye. Ironically, I was taking my first Grief & Loss class at the time. This provided a certain level of help, but there was not a great deal of grief support on our college campus in the 1980s.  I even attended a widows' support group in Indianapolis for bereavment support, but soon found it was not a good fit for me. His death made me realize how unprepared I was to cope with my grief and the pain of loss.  All my hopes, dreams, and expections were gone! 

Many years later, my 69-year-old father died in a hospital cardiac recovery unit just after Christmas, surrounded by family, 30 days after undergoing open heart surgery.  I found myself leaning on my faith to get me through my pain of grief.  I had attended a grief support group through my church at the time.

My next significant loss was that of my 42-year-old sister, who was diagnosed with a very rare cancer. This occurred around the time I was working toward my master’s degree, and was participating in another Grief and Loss class. From this experience, I learned a lot about helping my sister prepare for her end-of-life journey. We involved hospice care, which was a great resource in helping me cope with my bereavement.

Not long after my sister died, my beloved 14-year-old cat Gracie died suddenly. My heart was broken.  It was difficult to find support groups for pet loss.  So for several months, I participated in a chat room for those who had lost pets.  Now with the help of the Grief Recovery Method Pet Loss program, I was able grieve Gracie's loss in an appropriate way.

A subsequent devastating loss was that of my mother, who passed suddenly at the age of 79. I was aware this could happen due to her health condition, but it was still jarring to me. My mother was my rock. I found it challenging to grieve her loss, while continuing to help grieving patients and families in my hospice career.  I had to put my grief on hold until I could process appropriately, once I was certified.

While the deaths of those I loved caused me to mourn, I have also felt and endured other losses over the years. Shortly after my mother died, my eldest daughter moved several states away for work. This too was a loss. And my husband’s family business of 30 years closed.  I wasn’t prepared for how this would affect my family and me.  

It was during this time I researched grief and loss programs that could help me with my pain.  This is when I found the Grief Recovery Institute and made one of the most meaningful decisions of my life -- to become a Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist.  Since being certified, I have been processing my losses with the tools I learned, and with their action plan.  I have had a lot of grief counseling and training, and The Grief Recovery Method is by far the best evidence-based program I have seen.

It is my hope that you will allow me the opportunity to walk with you through your grief journey. I am here as a guide to help you navigate and teach you how to process your loss with supportive guidance every step of the way. I look forward to walking with you through this journey of healing from loss. Located in Fishers, IN serving: Indianapolis, Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel, Zionsville, Fortville, McCordsville, Indiana.

 

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Specialist Rating For This Program

4.67

This program is for those who prefer to work face to face with a trained and certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist 1-on-1, rather than in a group setting. This 7-meeting format utilizes the same proven materials as the group programs in a more private setting.

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Our support groups offer a safe, evidence-based environment for grievers to take effective and lasting action, no matter the type of loss experienced. These groups are led by Grief Recovery Method Specialists, trained and certified by the Grief Recovery Institute.

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4.60
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The loss of a pet can be emotionally devastating. Sadly, the impact of the heartbreak of this type of loss is often downplayed or ignored by friends and family. This 6-meeting program is focused on offering pet owners an effective mechanism for taking action to move through and beyond their grief.

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Catherine Ray, MSW, LCSW

Location

Fishers, IN

Phone Number

+1 317 575 0500

Website