Our Vision

A Singapore where people have learned how to bounce back from life’s losses, and to thrive in their mental well-being and emotional resilience.

Our Mission

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

Our Goal

To equip people with the language and tools they need around the concept of grief, so that they can move forward to pursue their hopes and dreams, finding joy and fulfilment despite life’s losses.

Tested by Life’s Losses, Trained by Experts

Whispering Hope is the only consultancy in Singapore specialising in the internationally-recognised Grief Recovery Method®.

All our Grief Recovery Specialists® have walked the journey of overcoming grief and bouncing back from life’s losses, and are formally trained and certified by the Grief Recovery Institute.

As part of the eco-system supporting mental and emotional wellness, we collaborate with community partners and corporate clients in facilitating recovery and resilience.

Joan Swee

Founder & Director

Having lost her husband Henry to cancer when she was 35, and left to raise their two young sons aged 6 and 8, Joan Swee has a unique perspective on grief recovery. She has walked the long and lonely road of grief — and yet embodies a joy that transcends her losses. 

 

Two years into widowhood, Joan co-founded a voluntary welfare organization in Singapore that focused on supporting the bereaved. 

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

 

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, Joan’s love and compassion for the grieving have only grown stronger through the years. She carries a deep empathy for every client, and lends the grieving a slender but sturdy shoulder to lean on.

 

With an irrepressible twinkle in her eye, Joan celebrates life, and the fact that her sons are now in their thirties and are thriving — despite having weathered great grief and profound loss. Joan is living proof that there is hope, despite the bittersweet losses of life. Henry must be proud, so very proud.

Gracie Mak

Director

Gracie Mak has over 20 years of senior management experience in MNC, SME and non- profit contexts. She was the CEO of a medical centre in Singapore, as well as the Business Development Director of an international five-star hotel and a renowned consulting firm.

 

A certified Life Coach (Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, USA), Gracie has worked extensively with individuals and families over the years. However, she found that many were not able to bounce back from setbacks and tragedies in life.

 

Eventually, her quest for a more effective way to help people in such predicaments led her to discover the Grief Recovery Method®. Today, Gracie has embarked on a new season in life, as a Director of Whispering Hope and a Grief Recovery Specialist® certified by the Grief Recovery Institute.

 

Armed with a passion and conviction to help people bounce back from life’s losses, Gracie works energetically toward the vision of a culture where people are comfortable with acknowledging the reality of loss and grief, and learn the skills of processing these complex emotions. That would be a huge cultural shift for a somewhat stoic Asian society, and one that she works tirelessly toward — to see individuals, families and organisations thrive and succeed, turning life’s losses into gain.

 

Gracie holds a Master’s degree in Organization & Leadership, focused on Organizational Development Consulting (Regent University, Virginia Beach USA).

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 journey and how she found her way out of the pit of profound grief.

About the Grief Recovery Institute

Every of 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!