A Singapore where people have learned how to recover from grief, and move towards emotional completeness and mental well-being.


To journey with individuals in grief recovery, and to collaborate with partners and corporate clients in facilitating recovery and resilience.


People will have the language and tools they need round the concept of grief. They will move forward to pursue their hopes and dreams, finding joy and fulfilment despite life’s losses.

Joan Swee

Founder & Director

Joan Swee didn’t volunteer for grief recovery work: She was thrust into the arena by the death of her husband Henry in 1994.


At age 36, he had fought two battles with cancer. Widowed at 35, she was left to raise two young sons aged 6 and 8.


As they were then based overseas, Joan had to relocate back to Singapore and plant her feet on what felt like sinking sand: Personally, professionally, and now, as a single parent. She cried long and hard for many nights.


It is no wonder then that Joan has a unique perspective on grief recovery. Having walked the long and lonely road, she carries a deep empathy for every client. She lends a slender but sturdy shoulder for each griever to lean on.


Despite her arduous journey, Joan embodies a joy that transcends her losses. With an irrepressible twinkle in her eye, she celebrates life, and the fact that her sons are now in their thirties and able to stand on their own two feet — despite having weathered great grief and profound loss.


In 1996 — two years into widowhood — Joan co-founded a voluntary welfare organization in Singapore that focused on bereavement support.

  • She served on the management board for 20 years till 2016.
  • Throughout those years, she was directly involved in bereavement support, and as a counsellor to widows of all ages, ranging from 20+ to 70.
  • From 1998 to 2014, she authored and co-facilitated the organisation’s key program, a Grief work weekend.
  • From 2011 to 2015, she ran the monthly bereavement support groups.


In 2017, she founded Whispering Hope SG, an organization whose aim is to help Singaporeans learn to recover from grief. Joan holds a Master of Social Science in Professional Counseling from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.  She is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist with Grief Recovery Institute Inc,. and a certified Life Coach with Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, USA.


Far from waning, her love and compassion for the grieving have only grown stronger through the years. Joan is living proof that there is hope, despite the bittersweet losses of life. Henry must be proud, so very proud.

Joan’s Journey out of Grief

Grief is hard, but it need not break you. In fact, if left unresolved, grief can spill over and create bigger problems in life. This is Joan’s story and how she handled profound grief.

Tested by Loss,

Trained by Experts

All our Grief Recovery Specialists have been tested by life’s losses, and trained and certified by the Grief Recovery Institute.


The Grief Recovery Institute, headquartered in Oregon, USA, specializes in helping people with grief issues, using the Grief Recovery Method®. Its mission focuses on disseminating information about grief and the possibility of recovery from the impact of death, divorce, and other significant emotional losses.


Members of the Institute have appeared on CNN and other broadcast networks to help people understand emotional responses to national and international grief events – notably, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. They have also given hundreds of print and radio interviews relating to events such as the death of Princess Diana and other celebrities, plane crashes, and natural disasters.


The Institute also trains and certifies mental and medical health professionals, funeral directors, clergy, and others in the application of the principles and actions of The Grief Recovery Method® to help grieving people.


Over the last 40+ years, more than 500,000 people have completed the Grief Recovery Method® program across multiple countries, and in multiple languages.


Grief may be universal, but so is hope.