I found myself widowed, suddenly and unexpectedly, in 2008 when my 46-year-old husband of sixteen years had a massive heart attack. I was, as you’d expect, devastated, and I did everything I knew to process my grief: I read books about bereavement, I journaled, I joined social networking groups for widows, and I went to therapy. I found that, while therapy was valuable and allowed me to address some issues I was unaware of while increasing my emotional resilience, it didn’t help me resolve my grief. Six years after my husband died I felt strong enough to carry the burden of the pain of my grief: a burden that I felt physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and assumed would be with me always. Then I found the Grief Recovery Method, and at the end of the process I literally felt the burden of the pain of my grief lift from my shoulders and dissipate! Now, while I am sad that my husband is dead, and I miss him, I am no longer in pain. Best of all, my happy memories of our relationship, which had been tainted so by grief that they, too, caused me pain were all restored to me and are once again a source of joy. Having experienced grief and recovery first-hand allows me to testify personally to the benefits of this program and to be an authentic guide as I walk beside my clients on their own path to recovery.
I see clients in my office in Media, Pennsylvania in Delaware County in addition to working online. I primarily work with people in the one-on-one Grief Recovery Method program. I also offer occasional groups in the Grief Recovery Method, the Grief Recovery Pet Loss Program, and When Children Grieve.
It has taught me that is ok to grieve and work through the loss. You don't have to pretend everything is alright when it isn't.1-on-1 SupportParticipant in Media, PA07/03/2018
This program was able to break the process into steps that allowed me to examine the grief I was suffering following my divorce and gave me the necessary tools to start recovering from that grief. After reading many self help books on this subject I still felt that the grief I was experiencing was still interfering with my ability to move on. The grief recovery program is the first thing that has lifted that cloud for me.1-on-1 SupportParticipant in Media , PA06/26/2018
The program helped me dissolve some of the deep guilt that I constantly carried. I still carry guilt however not in the way that I was. The program helped me see things in a different way which was helpful in a sense. I blamed myself for everything that happened to my son so some of that was lifted from me.1-on-1 SupportParticipant in Swarthmore, PA05/03/2018
No other grief group or counseling helped after losing my daughter. My therapist gave me the Grief Recovery Handbook. As I began reading I knew then I wasn't crazy. I reserved your Web site and found Ellen Monsees. I called and attended, the 8 week group. I went in to work on the loss of my daughter but soon found I had unresolved grief with my mother. The homework was emotionally difficult but the directions were very clear. Using the book and Ellen guidance was easy to follow. I am saving money to be trained. I wish to become one of your graduates and help others.Support GroupsParticipant in Swarthmore, PA01/23/2018
I lost my father 5 years after my mother passed away. I knew that I had not dealt with the grief of my mother's passing well and wanted to grief my father in an effective and meaningful way. The Grief Recovery Method allowed me to grief them both but to truly focus on WHAT I was grieving and HOW I was feeling. It allowed me to refocus WHY I felt certain emotions and to let go of the regret and learn that it was not guilt, but regret that kept me from truly grieving these devastating losses. The book and Ellen were phenomenal resources to guide this process yet it all felt so individual to myself and my experiences of loss. it has helped me see any loss in a new way nad to be a better person, mother, wife and friend. The lack of judgment was freeing and really allowed me to face the parts of my relationships that I was hiding from. Have tried many support groups and bereavement counseling, the Grief Recovery Method was a whole new approach that truly worked.1-on-1 SupportParticipant in Swarthmore, PA12/03/2017