Lorri Penner, BSW, RSW
Advanced GRM Specialist - Online Support
Advanced GRM Specialist - HCWL Online Group
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Location

Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Phone Number

+1 1 403 715 2870

Programs Presented In

English

For 17 years I assisted people faced with unimaginable grief and loss through my work as a Victim Services Coordinator. I was often one of a small group of people who had the heartbreaking task of telling people their loved one had died.
During those years, I learned much about loss and grief and the impact grief had on people, but I always felt there was something missing. I remember telling people that in time the loss would become easier to face because time was a gift. I remember encouraging them to be strong and keep busy...
These words meant to soothe and encourage were told to me as a child with the losses I faced… my parents were also told the same.
A few years ago, I had a significant loss in my life. This was not my first loss, I lost both of my grandparents and my dad within 18 months all before I turned 16 years old. I also lost many beloved pets, a job, a baby, a boyfriend, and I also lost trust.
This was the death of my ex-husband.
The moment I learned he died, I felt broken and so sad. Feelings that surprised me because we had been divorced for 12 years. I had my cry and then kicked into mom mode because my 3 adult kids would be arriving at my house and they needed me to be strong.
They became my focus and I was busy making sure I was taking care of everyone.
I was strong.
No one seen my tears because there were no more tears once they arrived.

Nearing the 1-year anniversary of this death, I was contacted by my coworker from the funeral home who does the Grief Recovery program for them. He was piloting a 6-week course called, “When Children Grieve” and would I be interested in participating. I immediately said yes and my motivation was to learn how to help my children and grandchildren.
Losses in my life I believed I had safely stored in my backpack “out of sight, out of mind” I realized, were impacting every aspect of my life. Everything I thought I knew, from the time I was a little girl, everything I said to people who had lost loves ones, everything I did…. I now learned there was a better way… The Grief Recovery Method. I enrolled and within 4 weeks of finishing the group was certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist.
I am proud to offer One on One, Groups, Pet loss, Helping Children Grieve to Lethbridge, Alberta and Southern Alberta. I can also provide online One on One Grief Recovery worldwide.
I am a Registered Social Worker and also work part time at the longest serving funeral home in the city.

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Specialist Rating For This Program

4.67

This program is for those who prefer to work face to face with a trained and certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist 1-on-1, rather than in a group setting. This 7-meeting format utilizes the same proven materials as the group programs in a more private setting.

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Specialist Rating For This Program

5.00

For those who do not have access to a trained and certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist in their area, or prefer on-line meetings, this format is extremely effective. These specialists have been carefully selected and specifically trained to offer Grief Recovery Method Support in this setting over a secured network.

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Lorri Penner, BSW, RSW

Location

Lethbridge, AB, Canada

Phone Number

+1 1 403 715 2870