My journey to the Grief Recovery Institute ® began after the devastating loss of my 3 year old son, Eddie Ryan, in 2010. After struggling for years with the conflicting feelings and emotions surrounding my son’s death, I found the tools needed to begin my recovery using the Grief Recovery Method ® and this helped me to heal my own broken heart. Recognizing the value of this work, I became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist ® dedicating my life to helping others overcome loss and grief in their lives. In 2016, I was asked to become a Trainer for the Institute and I'm honored to teach the GRM Specialist Certification courses throughout the US and Canada, and in 2017 I joined the Institute full time as the Operations Manager; I am now the Director of Advanced GRM Training Programs. In August of 2018 I moved to Sisters, OR from Battle Ground, WA to work out of the Headquarters for the Grief Recovery Institute, located in Bend, OR.
My background includes a BA in Social Science, with a minor in Human Development and a Certificate in Human Services Case Management and Administration. For over 20 years I've been an instructor, trainer and facilitator teaching a wide range of topics. I also has experience working with at-risk foster children as a behavioral specialist as well as coaching and mentoring youth in our schools. I'm a passionate advocate for children’s safety within my state and at the national level. My career includes over 23 years of military and law enforcement experience.
I retired from the US Air Force (Reserves) as a First Sergeant in 2009 where I was responsible for the health, safety and welfare of service members and their families. During my career I deployed several times; my last deployment was as a First Sergeant to Iraq in 2006. As a law enforcement officer, I have worked in agencies at the city, county, State and Federal levels. I have a profound passion for helping our military service members, law enforcement, and their families.
I offer a variety of GRM programs, including in-person 1-on-1's, Online 1-on-1, 2 Day Personal Workshops, Certification Training, and the Helping Children With Loss Program.
Please contat me for more information on the Grief Recovery Method or any of the programs offered, or working with me 1-on-1. If you're interested in attending a weekend Personal Workshop, you can view upcoming dates, locations, or register via our website: https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/grief-recovery-workshops . If you'd like more information on my journey of healing, you can read more:
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This program was outstanding and was just what I needed at this time. It was such an impactful experience for me, I am seriously thinking of getting the training to become a certified trainer.Pet Loss Support GroupsParticipant in Bend, Oregon10/01/2019
After the 2-day workshop, I am more clear about the nature of the losses I've experienced and feel more connected to humanity. I realize that we are all grievers. And that there are some tools to manage and lessen our grief.Pet Loss Support GroupsParticipant in Bend, OR09/29/2019
I'm already noticing there isn't as much zing to coming home to where Mark is no longer. I also appear to be calmer about my unknown future.Pet Loss Support GroupsParticipant in Bend, OR09/29/2019
Need a t shirt or sign on the wall, TRUST THE PROCESS! I wanted to leave and resisted the Apologize, I forgive part, I also really reacted negatively to one of the participants who sucked all the oxygen out of the room with her statements. Because we cant do anything but tell them how that makes us feel, they were allowed to control the room. I didnt want to be around it. I didnt want to make a scene with my feelings as she did so I contemplating just leaving. Spoke to Ed and he calmed me down and was helpful. Some people are snowflakes and are offended by everything. Got tired of heariing about her Safe Space. I dont want a safe space, I want to challenge this horrible hurt head on. Felt like she controlled the room at times. I persevered and actually apologized and shared much with my partner, I was able to say goodbye and accomplish much I felt couldnt do and wouldnt do. Really, Really appeal to you to give us visual Tools. The filling in of the blanks on Eds teaching materials was powerful. I was more distracted that I couldnt solidify learning by writing things down than by my grief. At times I felt there were too many rules, dont do this dont do that. I am wondering what part NLP or Sugestions , can play a part. "I am wondering if you could imagine completing this grief, not telling you to do it, just wondering"Pet Loss Support GroupsParticipant in Bend, Oregon09/29/2019
When I first I got to know about the Grief Recovery Method, I ordered the handbook and fully read it. Still, I was anxious to apply this fearing about any mistakes. I needed someone to guide me through this. It was also difficult for me to work alone on this. My pain was overwhelming. I also needed a partner. This program gave me all of this. I got a partner and friend who is an expert at GRM. He guided me on how to use the tools to effectively deal with my loses. After I read my Grief Completion Letter, I felt a big weight just got removed. I felt lighter. I have expressed every emotional truth I had staffed inside for so long. This program helped me to be more self-aware. Ed, helped me a lot with identifying my recovery categories. I have a tendency of being perfect. Ed always gave me A+ on every home assignment before I do the assignments so that my perfectionism doesn't get in the way. He also provided ' Digital hug' which is one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. From him, I have learned how to actively and empathetically listen. He is a very compassionate and loving person.1-on-1 Online SupportParticipant in Berhampore, west Bengal08/23/2019
The program more supported the work I have done previously. It just gave different names or terms to aspects of grief.2 Day Personal WorkshopsParticipant in Portland, OR04/28/2019