My name is Erica and I own and operate Grief Recovery Kansas and A Gentle Passing. My focus is on helping people to overcome many different types of grief. My work is based on the Grief Recovery Method® and I am a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®. Additionally, I am a Certified Energy Coach, working with you to heal emotional and physical energy blocks and imbalances.
I came to the Grief Recovery program seeking relief after the loss of my dear dog Bunny. He was a cantankerous old man that I adopted when he was 10 years old. He was my companion for 3 years and when he died my heart was in pain. I missed him so much. I needed help. I spent several weeks searching for the right type of support. My life was forever changed when I found the Grief Recovery Institute. The healing I experienced was nothing short of remarkable.
My professional background is in the technology field. After multiple buy-outs, takeovers, and layoffs I decided to pursue my true passion for helping people instead of returning to another programming job. With the desire to enter a new field, I have found it highly rewarding to work with those experiencing similar ups and downs.
In the fall of 1999 and the spring of 2000, my family lost six members to various causes; 1 to a long-term illness, 2 to aging, 1 to a botched surgery and another 2 to suicide. We barely finished with one death, the funeral and managing an estate before another death occurred and in some cases, they overlapped. It was six loss filled months. After the first two deaths, my family kind of reached a state of numbness. Some of us are still processing at least one or two of those losses. Luckily, I found the Grief Recovery Institute. Following my training, I have begun working through each loss with a feeling of relief and completion. I wish the same for you and your family.
I specialize in supporting families after many different types of loss. You may find that people can be insensitive to the loss you are experiencing and may inadvertently say things that instead of making you feel better actually make you feel worse.
Using the activity-based Grief Recovery Method, I will provide the necessary steps and guidance to help you move forward in your life.
In addition, as an End-of-Life Doula, I specialize in supporting individuals, families, friends, and caretakers as they make the difficult, yet necessary, end-of-life decisions for themselves or their loved one. I assist in guiding the family through advanced planning, bedside vigil, transition, loss, mourning and grief support.
Through experience, I have found that processing grief before the end-of-life can help provide closure for strained relationships and allow for a gentle passing.
I look forward to working with you and offer group sessions as well as one-on-one sessions.