Several years ago when beginning my "second act" with the start of a certification program to become a life coach, someone very close myself and our family, died tragically in an accident. I realized at that point while attempting to support the many loved ones affected and process my own feelings of loss, that we are taught many things in our lifetime but not how to grieve and support those who are grieving. I felt deeply that this work was my path and decided to make my niche/concentration Grief Recovery.
In my 55 years, I have had experienced grief around a number of the more than 40 losses we can experience in a lifetime (divorce, multiple moves, loss of a parent, loss of health, loss of a career, post-partum depression, loss of beloved pets, and parenting losses and transitions to list a few). More than once I have questioned if the overwhelming feelings around the losses would bury me and was unsure of what to do with the intensity of the emotions. I attended different support groups, read books, and attended counseling which helped me process through many of the emotions surrounding my grief. While these approaches helped, I often didn't feel a true sense of completion with the pain of the relationships. After my personal experience working through the Grief Recovery Method, I discovered how much relief and peace can be found upon completing the painful relationships with losses.
As a former special education teacher, I have always loved to watch with wonder the process of someone truly learning, understanding, and acquiring a new skill. The Grief Recovery Method is no different. It is amazing to witness the research-based process guide grievers in recovering from the pain that is often between their present life and a life with "space" for more joy. I feel honored to be able to support others in their walk through their Grief Recovery and each time I work with a griever, I learn a little more about myself and my own personal grief process. I can't promise to fix you, because you're not broken and I can't tell you I know how you feel, because I haven't walked through your personal loss. What I can commit to is being honest, open, and present without any judgement to walk with you through your grief recovery.
I provide one-on-one Grief Recovery in the Pittsburgh area and on-line. I also hold Grief Recovery Groups throughout the year including Helping Children With Loss (HCWL), and Pet Loss Groups.
The Basics: Mom of three children ages 17-21 (on the heels of being an empty nester which will be a significant transition!), multiple dog mom, wife, artist, teacher, meditator, reader, manager of investment properties and Air BnB, volunteer, empath, Transitional Life and Loss Coach, National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) and Masters of Education.
The facilitator was awesome. I would highly recommend her to others dealing with grief and loss. She has had such a positive impact on my life.Pet Loss Support GroupsParticipant in Bethel Park, PA12/12/2023
The facilitator had great compassion and was able to relate to us all. I feel better prepared for experiencing my dogs passing (near future) then I was before taking the class.Pet Loss Support GroupsParticipant in Pittsburgh, Pa11/07/2023
I completed The Grief Recovery Method program with Paula Pellegrino. She was amazing. She listened to my losses, sat with me as I cried every session, helped me process my emotions and complete the unresolved grief I was carrying. She’s a kind and caring person with a big heart.One-on-One SupportParticipant in Pittsburgh, PA10/25/2023
Paula Pellegrino, my facilitator was a gift sent to me during a very difficult time in my life. She helped me understand what I was going through was normal and taught me about grief and how most of us are very unequiped to respond to or understand our grief. It made me feel not alone as I was going through the recovery process. Her kindness and empathy was so appreciated and she really gave me hope that I could complete the pain I felt from my loss. She is a beautiful person and I am so thankful for her expertise and the ability to work with her.One-on-One SupportParticipant in Mt. Lebanon, PA08/16/2023
I have benefitted greatly from this program. I went into it to help me deal with the sudden and early death of my father, and with the deaths of a couple other family members. It did that, but what I gained was much more than that. I have learned to think about all kinds of losses in my life in a different way. Some of the losses which have caused me the most grief, had the most detrimental impact on my life, have not been deaths but other events. Listening to Paula detail several of these events from her life, and my fellow participants share from their lives, as well, has been extrmemly valuable and illuminating. I even think that this program will let me move less trepidatiously into the future, knowing that I have the tools to deal with loss, which is the inevitable consequence of living.Support Groups03/23/2022
Within a day of completing this healing work I was able to be strong enough to respect myself in a work conversation. I felt proud of myself and the icing on the cake was that I received the recognition I asked for.Support Groups03/23/2022