Grief Recovery, Funeral Celebrancy, Grief Awareness, Let’s talk about Death


Information coming shortly

  • Grief Recovery Method ®individual sessions
  • Grief Recovery Method ®outreach program
  • Funeral Celebrancy

Grief Recovery Method®

In 2013 I trained in USA and became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® . My training was with the The Grief Recovery Institute® and is called Grief Recovery Method®. The Australian Grief Recovery Method webpage with local information can be found at

For the many years that I had worked with people and their grief, and all of the studies I had undertaken I still wished for a program that was more down to earth and practical and could actually potentially make a real difference to people’s grief and their healing. I had this personal desire to assist someone who was suffering from loss and grief.

What won me over was a simple sentence in their literature – “the training is designed specifically to assist all who wish to help those with broken hearts end their pain and reclaim their lives”.

When I was in training, I heard another favourite saying “Grief is not an intellectual experience”, and then Russell said we have to encourage people to get out of their heads and into their hearts.

John and Russell’s quote: “Grievers don’t wind up at our door with broken heads, they arrive with broken hearts.”

The training is exclusively focused on helping people deal with what remains emotionally incomplete at the time of a death, a divorce, or other loss.

People are amazed when I discuss the other “non-physical deaths”, such as

  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Job loss
  • Illness
  • Changing address
  • Romantic breakup
  • End of friendship
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Miscarriage
  • Inability to become a parent

There are two modes in which the Grief Recovery Method® are facilitated, they are either one-on-one sessions, or a group session.  Each mode is based on The Grief Recovery Handbook and I work with each person to assist them to resolve their grief.

Already in the programs I have facilitated this year, and one-on-one sessions, I have been amazed at people’s willingness to work on reclaiming their lives, on looking over their losses from all of their life, and their absolute honesty.  What I didn’t predict would occur is that I have learnt so much from these people.  Their wisdom shared, is truly a gift to my professional knowledge.  When people are sharing their losses, I was so blessed to watch as others in the room listened whole-heartedly, no judgment, only love.  I am incredibly honoured to be part of this outreach work.  When I look back over my career in retirement, I know this will be the highlight.  I know that sounds weird to some people, but it is very rewarding to be invited into people’s lives at that intimate level, and to hope that in some way you helped them to go on and live their life more fully.

Next courses:

  • Individual sessions on application (7 weeks, by 1.5 hours)
  • Group session (7 weeks by 2 hours) Wednesday evening 7-9pm, will recommence in 2018.  Timetable available shortly.

Funeral Celebrancy

I have designed a funeral celebrant course meeting the requirements of     the formally recognised study for funeral Celebrancy in Australia.  We offer these units in my training company called Australian Celebrations Training (31179) ,

The units we train in are

The nationally approved courses that are included in this training are:

  • SIFFFNL010 Plan and conduct funeral ceremonies
  • SIFXIND002 Work effectively in the funeral services industry
  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

They are aimed at preparing a celebrant to design and perform a funeral ceremony with the needs of the client family in mind, and in a professional and respectful manner.  
Whilst the funeral celebrant training is not designated by a government department as being compulsory to enter the profession of funeral celebrancy, there has been a growing trend over the last decade of Funeral Directors selecting graduates of this course.