For people to be able to help themselves and others with the correct tools and language around the concepts of grief. A world with as much “delivered communication” as possible.
We want to ensure that someone is there for the griever following a significant emotional loss.
To deliver Grief Recovery Method® assistance to the largest number of people in the shortest period of time.
Joan was thrust into this arena by the death of her husband in 1994 – he was a young man of 36, having fought two battles with cancer; she was 35 with two sons aged six and eight.
She co-founded a voluntary welfare organization in Singapore in 1996 and served on the management board for 20 years till March 2016. During those years, she was directly involved in bereavement support, and subsequently as a volunteer counselor to widows as young as 20s to 70s. Besides individual counseling, she authored and co-facilitated a two-day grief work weekend from 1998-2014; ran the monthly bereavement support groups from 2011-2015.
Joan holds a Master of Social Science in Professional Counseling from Swinburne University of Technology-Melbourne.
Dealing with grief can feel hopeless and bleak. If unresolved, these issues can lead to bigger problems in life. Here is Joan’s story and how she handled grief.
The Grief Recovery Method® is an experiential, action-based program with weekly self-reflective assignments. Grief is not merely an intellectual experience. Grief involves emotions too.
Each griever examines old beliefs about dealing with loss, identifies the losses that have affected his or her life, and learns to take new actions that lead to completion of the pain attached to those losses. As a result, grievers are empowered to discover and complete what was left emotionally unfinished due to a death, a divorce, or other major loss.
Understanding loss and grief for recovery is achieved by a series of small and correct choices made by the griever. During the sessions, the Grief Recovery Specialist will explain these action choices and guide grievers in taking them. Applying the correct tools will enliven them to enjoy significant relationships, and more fulfilling lives. Part of the program is to help grievers acquire better ideas about dealing with the losses that have hurt them.
The dynamics of group and/or individual interactions, beginning from a broad base and filtering down to the root of each person’s unique grief, are experienced during the program. In the course of relating with one another in self-discovery, grievers feel strengthened by the group experience.