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. After working as the Director of Advanced GRM Training Programs I'm honored to serve as the Vice President on the Institute, serving grievers and supporting our GRM Specialists worldwide. 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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With its 40 years of history and combined experiences. GRM has proven to be effective in helping grievers through a very difficult journey.07/04/2022
The Grief Recovery Method Certification training is that it helped me to understand how easy it is to keep feelings of sadness and fear deep inside my heart. Our teacher, Ed Owens, gently and compassionately guide us to become aware of our true emotions, express them out loud and let go of the pain from them. I'm grateful to have such an empathic leader to help me realize how much our hearts can be healed. To be educated in such a heart centered way feels rewarding and transformative. Thank you!06/29/2022
Learning this method has resolved deep grief with effective tools that I previously had been unable to find meaningful completion for. Than you so much!06/28/2022
I've been searching for this combination of healing for awhile! I can't recommend it more! I'm so excited to bring this to my community!!03/15/2022
I was looking for a Certification to become a Grief Counsellor & stumbled across the Grief Recovery Institute. I read up on the courses offered & decided to sign up. Lets just say that the GRM superseded every expectation I had. The Instructors guided me through a loss using this method & I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me. I look forward to bringing others to the same place of freedom using the GRM.02/03/2022
Having had a very brief intro to the material through the book, the 4-day online training was extremely helpful to me both emotionally and intellectually. Little reason the method has been around for 40 years, IT WORKS!02/01/2022