So - here's a little bit about me. I'm Lois Hall and I live in Westerville, Ohio. Professionally, I've enjoyed a long and exciting career in Public Health at the Ohio Department of Health and then with the Ohio Public Health Association. It was actually my work in Public Health that lead me to the Grief Recovery Method.
I was the first person to do AIDS epidemiology in Ohio back in 1981 when the disease was first recognized. The grief was immense! I met John James and invited him to come to Ohio to share his work with the people working in the AIDS field. I was hooked!!! Everything he said made such sense. I was trained/certified by John in 1998 and have been providing the GRM in my community since then. In addition to the loss I was feeling at work, my dad died of metastatic colon cancer in 1990 and my mom died of a combination of cancer and diabetes in 1991. It was a pretty overwhelming time....
In 2001 I was invited to become a trainer for the Grief Recovery Institute and I have been working even more to spread the word about the Grief Recovery Method. I strongly believe that unresolved grief is a major - largely unaddressed - Public Health issue, and, as such, I'm now working to help bridge my two loves - Public Health and Grief Recovery - with the hope that together we can "make a difference, one life at a time." In addition to my work with HIV/AIDS, I also have a passion for helping those impacted by the drug epidemic, those who are or have been incarcerated... and also clergy. Sounds odd to have them in that list of "passions" but I have found that often our clergy families have lives just like the rest of us - which often includes the same kinds of losses or circumstances... they just have a harder time of finding support or even being able to talk about their losses.
I typically provide both group and one-on-one Grief Recovery programs, as well as the four-session program, Helping Children with Loss, using the book "When Children Grieve," also written by John W. James and Russell Friedman. I can also provide online Grief Recovery sessions, one-on-one, and the two-day Personal Workshop format, as an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist.
To reach me by email, please use [email protected], or you can also call me at 541-389-7906.
If you're looking for a conference or meeting speaker, you can view two examples of my presentations -
. first on Grief as a Public Health Issue, https://griefrecoverymethod.wistia.com/medias/yjxdjso2rv
. and second, on my work with Grief Recovery inside a correctional facility, https://griefrecoverymethod.wistia.com/medias/9ra4g1kl90
I also had the pleasure of being a guest on the live internet talk show - Let's Talk About Grief - with host Addie Anderson, on Monday, September 10, 2018. You can find the recorded program at
If you're considering taking the 4-day training to become a Grief Recovery Specialist, certified by the Grief Recovery Institute, I'd be glad to speak with you about the training too. Training classes I'll be leading will take place in 2020 in Columbus, OH; Ft Lauderdale, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Pittsburgh, PA; Columbus, OH (again); New York City, NY; Cleveland, OH; and Atlanta, GA. To register for one of those, or any of the other locations, go to https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/certification-training.
I absolutely love Lois' style. She is relatable and a wonderful instructor. Her empathy and understanding to the process of grief is nothing less than amazing. She is compassionate, articulate and I learned a lot of new tools from this class. From the first day until now, I can see a difference in how I handle things! I have learned that because you can't change the person, change you and how you deal or perceive things.Support GroupsParticipant in Columbus, OH10/22/2019
This was an outstanding group to attend. Lois is so compassionate and caring. The work was hard and pushed me to my limits but I believe I am better person for it. I truly think this is a group that every person should have to take just learn different skills to deal with grief and lose. I believe that this grief recovery is one of the best things I have done in years. Thank you so much and I was so humbled by being able to be in a space to share with other about my grief and loss and being to move forward without judgment.Support GroupsParticipant in Columbus, Ohio10/22/2019
Until I took that training I thought I had all things under control, dealt with, overcome, whatever you want to call it about my daughters death however....going through the training, learning how to say/ask with the right language brought up feelings that I never thought I would have even considered. The "breakthrough" was life changing for me. All teachers need to go through this training...anyone that works with children because they are working with growing innocent minds in a world that is moving to fast to care anymore. I honestly feel it could change, if not save lives. Knowing that certain feelings are okay and they are not alone. You cannot put a price on a life.08/30/2019
Lois was very knowledgeable about The Grief Recovery Method. Due to her wealth of knowledge and passion for how much she believed in the method captured my attention. I was very excited to be part of the program. Lois injected humor at appropriate times and listened to everyone in the class often. Taking this course meant a lot to me and I can’t wait to show others what I have learned!07/28/2019
Lois Hall is the most amazing human being. I have been a full time Health & Life Coach for the last 2 1/2 years, I work with an amazing team of coaches part time at the Health Coach Institute and have always been surrounded with the top 1 % in the industries I have worked in. I am a born leader and have fallen in love with the world of coaching. I have to say, Lois opened me up in such a beautiful way over the four days we spent together. I can not say enough about how as our facilitator, Lois was knowledgeable, compassionate & hilarious! That women deserves a medal for her academy award winning leadership skills and presentation. I appreciated that we were asked not to take notes, drink alcohol (after class each evening) and had homework. It forced us all, in the most humbling way to be present, during class and after, feel like what it feels like to be grieving & dig even deeper after class with the assignments. I learned so much. I loved meeting the amazing 7 human beings in my class and appreciated how intimate the group setting was. I am used to conferences with 1,000 + people and this was special. Sitting in a room for 8+ hours a day can be overwhelming, exhausting and to be honest boring at times. This class was none of the above. Lois delivers the content from a place of passion, gratitude & commitment. She created 8 believers during our time together. I am honored to be able to offer this life cleansing, rejuvenating work in my community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Lois. I aspire to impact others the way you have impacted me.07/26/2019
The Grief Recovery program offered more than I could have ever anticipated. It has enriched my life and sensitized me to listen intently to those around me -- to listen with a lot of heart! My instructor was on fire with the program and certainly encouraged me to fan into flame that very same love of the program. GR offered a life changing experience!07/26/2019