Pre-bio note: Recently, I had the opportunity to do a live Zoom webinar for the Ohio State University Alumni Association on the topic of Grief in the Age of the Coronavirus. If you'd like to watch this presentation, you can find it at this link - https://vimeo.com/412459504/
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; New York City, NY; Detroit, MI; 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 thoroughly enjoyed the training and thought the material was clear and concise. This training was life changing and I would reccomend anyone to attend it!04/08/2020
This program is an excellent way of becoming an expert in helping people who are suffering from grief.04/06/2020
This has been the best course I’ve experienced in my educational exploration. I can say with certainty that those who are a part of this family will have the tools need to make positive life changes.04/06/2020
I am grateful to have been trained by Lois and Cole ... Thank you for all of your wisdom ... I look forward to sharing my experience with others durning their Grief Recovery Method Group..04/06/2020
I would recommend this program to anyone with the responsibility to serve others during periods of uncertainty and challenging life situations.03/23/2020
This was my second time experiencing an actual class setting. Our Ministry requires this Method in order to serve in our church and because we all will continue to have Grief, when I did my relational graph this time, it was on a different person whom I didn't at the time 11 years ago think I had an issue with until the certification training. Very grateful for this existing and I am ready to help whomever is willing to change for the better.03/23/2020