In the Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program, we are not going to tell you, “We know how you feel,” because we don’t.

Neither does anyone else.





“When your heart is broken, your head doesn’t work right;

and when your heart is broken, your spirit may not soar.”

Russell Friedman, Executive Director of The Grief Recovery Institute

Are you suffering from a broken heart? Was it caused by a death, divorce, or the breakup of a romantic relationship? Or was it caused by any of the more than 40 other losses that a person can experience during a lifetime? Regardless of the cause, you know how you feel and it probably isn’t good. The long list includes:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce or end of a relationship
  • Loss of health
  • Major financial changes
  • and so many more

The Problem

Grief is normal and natural, but many of the ideas we have been taught about dealing with grief are not helpful, for example:

  • Don’t feel bad
  • Replace the loss
  • Grieve alone
  • Don’t feel bad
  • Time heals all wounds
  • Just keep busy

Just looking at the myth that “time heals” creates the idea that a person just has to wait and they will feel better. We have known people who waited 10, 20, 30, and 40 years and still didn’t feel better. We know that they would tell you that not only had time not healed them, but that it had compounded the pain. The other five myths carry equally unhelpful messages.

The Solution

People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program, developed and refined over the past 30 years, not only makes that possible, but provides partnerships and guidance to ensure that it happens.

What is The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program?

This powerful and dynamic experience is the most sensible, accessible, and authentic plan available for recovery from loss. Each program is facilitated by a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® in either the 7-week group format or the 7-10 week one-on-one format. The Grief Recovery Institute has trained thousands of Specialists all over the country as well as internationally.

The following video clip from the founders of The Grief Recovery Institute does a great job of explaining the Grief Recovery Method®.

The Outreach Program provides a safe environment for participants to take the actions of The Grief Recovery Method. You will look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, what losses have affected your life, and take new actions that will lead you to completion of the pain attached to those losses. As a result, our participants find that they are able to discover and complete what was left emotionally unfinished due to a death, a divorce, or other major loss.

The Grief Recovery Handbook, 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith (2009) and the accompanying format, both written by the founders of the Grief Recovery Institute John W. James and Russell Friedman, are used as texts for the program.

When is it time to start Grief Recovery?

Is it ever too soon to recovery? No!

Effective Grief Recovery can begin immediately. We tend to create larger-than-life memory pictures in which we either enshrine or bedevil the person who died. This phenomenon increases with time, making it more difficult to discover the truth within our relationships. It is never too soon to address your grief.

What is the difference between The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program and support groups?

Many grief groups provide an environment for you to verbalize the thoughts and feelings you experience following a loss. While there is a benefit to that kind of expression, it is not enough. Talking about how you feel does not complete the unfinished emotional business that is attached to a loss. The Grief Recovery Method  is designed to guide you through a series of actions to not only verbalize your feelings, but to help you complete the pain associated with those feelings. For the safety and success of all participants, commitment and attendance are essential.

Don’t wait any longer. Time alone will not heal your broken heart.

The Grief Recovery Method creates the safety and the correct action choices that help people move beyond the pain caused by loss. Together we can help you to take a look at old beliefs about loss; to look at what other losses have affected your life; and to take new actions which lead to completion of the pain attached to the recent loss, or the loss that occurred long ago.

If you have experienced one or more losses, and you wish to move beyond the pain, this program offers you the probability of a richer and more rewarding life.

I’ve come very far in healing the pain from my losses and unresolved issues so I can honestly say that this program works! A friend of mine gave me this analogy:

 It’s like you have been walking around in a big map, getting lost because you can’t see where you are going. The Grief Recovery Method program gives you the ability to see the map from above and finally be able to see your path!”

For more information about The Grief Recovery Method please contact me.

Sue Hasker, MS
Certified Grief Recovery® Specialist &
New Life Story® Wellness Coach

healing.  transformation.  wellness.


tpw1If you live in the Silicon Valley area and would like to work with me in person, The Grief Recovery Method® takes place face to face.

The individual program consists of 7-10 weekly private sessions where we work through the steps together.

The group program consists of 7 weekly sessions in which the group meets IN PERSON to learn the concepts and work through the steps together.

For more information about the The Grief Recovery Method® please contact Sue


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