How does one become a grief coach? For me, it took getting advanced certifications in Coaching, Yoga, Grief Recovery® and The Daring Way™ (developed by Brené Brown) and most recently, becoming a Death Doula. But it really all began with my cancer diagnosis and this fascination I’ve always had with the dance between life, death, and rebirth. Dark and light. Sadness and joy. Beginnings and endings. The cycles/circles of life. There is such beauty in all of it, although we’re taught to only chase the light and fear the dark – but I’ve learned it’s in bravely exploring the shadows, especially when you’re forced to by grief, where the real valuable gold mining is done.
I’ve been told that working with me is like having that wise ‘tough love’ older sister. The one who holds you at your most vulnerable and guides you through to the other side. I’ve held the virtual hands of those who have suffered deep heartbreak, from the parents who didn’t bring their babies home from the hospital, to those who just can’t seem to get over the death of their mother. From those who are still reeling from a divorce years prior to the death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m here, (both in Toronto, ON and online) I know the way with a proven path forward and all you need to do is bravely take the first step …
I was going through an unexpected and painful divorce when I decided to reach out to Tammy. I had been following her on social media for years and when this happened, and I knew I needed some help and guidance to work through my grief. I had never experienced something so painful and confusing. This was probably the most critical decision I could have made at this time because I was in such a dark place. Working with Tammy helped me get a deeper understanding of my emotions, my core values, and what was triggering the emotions I was experiencing. She helped me work through my pain, but she also taught me not only how to be with my emotions, but also how to let go and move forward. I went from struggling with what had happened, living in memories, and trying to get to the next day to being present with myself and looking forward to what is possible.One-on-One Online Support08/31/2022
This program has allowed me to close out many losses from my past. It has given me the opportunity to improve my relationships in my life. Going through this program has also allowed me to see that my life can have happiness and joy now not just when I retire. I realize there can be an end to grief. It does not need to be a life long processOne-on-One Online Support08/30/2022
I'm very thankful to have found this program and Tammy. Would highly recommend to anyone feeling stuck in pain and not sure how to move forward from the death of a loved one.One-on-One Online SupportParticipant in Toronto, Ontario06/23/2020
Today, the day after reading my completion letter, but before I have done any of the further work... I feel lighter. I feel like I can move on to the next steps, and I'm grateful for the group of women who went through this process with me, and the knowledge that we can continue to support each other going forward. I feel I have a new tool in my toolbox, and am anxious to do further relationship graphs and completion letters with other loss/grief events on my loss history graph. I'm excited to be moving in a positive direction, and grateful for The Grief Recovery Method for providing this road map to recovery.Support Groups07/22/2019