How to Run Effective Grief Support Groups: Training for Funeral Celebrants 

Never again have to wonder what more you could have done for your families 
The Grief Recovery Method Certification Training is a unique package designed specifically to assist you to help those with broken hearts retake a productive place in the mainstream of their lives. 

Why become a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist? 

Learn how to safely lead your clients through the actions that lead to recovery 
Start work as soon as you've finished your training 
Be able to assist with any loss - no matter the cause or how long ago 
Work with individuals or groups 
Offer structured programmes that allow you to plan your time/resources 
Access ongoing support from your trainers  
Interact with other Specialists around the world 
NO hidden after costs 
Increase the tools you have to assist your current clients 
Open the door to a new audience for your work 
As someone who has a deep desire to help their clients you may be considering how much more you can do. Having built that relationship of trust in order to deliver the tribute you may have experienced frustration or regret that you can do nothing further.  
You might also be wondering if there is a way to help poeple in your community who have not had a funeral from you but who are grieving a loss either recent or long ago. 
This is why many Celebrants are now adding Grief Recovery to their tool kit. 
So what is the Grief Recovery Method®? 
Unlike bereavement training courses you may have seen, the Grief Recovery Method offers a structured programme irrespective of the nature of the loss.  
The programme itself is a step by step educational programme that leads people through the correct actions to let go of the pain. Full details of the programme are outlined in the Grief Recovery Handbook by John W James - and this book forms the text for our sessions. 
So while many of our clients have suffered the loss of someone important in their life through death, others come to us with broken hearts following divorce, separation or family break up; business failure, pet loss, traumatic experiences, job redundancy and many more. Indeed we have listed more than 40 life events that invoke grief, all of which can be helped using The Grief Recovery Method. This means that if, during sessions issues come up unrelated to the death that bought them to your door you are equipped to cope. 
To meet your desire to help those suffering with grief, you need to know that the training you undertake will be effective. You want to leave the training with confidence in the tools that you have been given and the support that you will get on an ongoing basis. 
Certification Training qualifies you to deliver Grief Recovery Assistance in 4 formats: 
Working 1-1 in 7 one hour sessions 
Working with a Group across 8 two hour sessions 
Working with adults to "help children deal with loss" over 6 two hour sessions 
Work with a Group who have experienced Pet Loss over 6 two hour sessions 

"The training provides a wonderful toolbox that I can share with others.  I find it amazing how much support and guidance I get"  Imke Klie, Interfaith Minister & Celebrant 

Included in the package price is unlimited support by email, skype or phone from Grief Recovery UK and in the unlikely event we can't help further support is available from the team in the USA & accross the world. 
We believe we are unmatched in the amount of support our graduates can access and are very proud of the fact that we offer lifetime support in the Grief Recovery Tools at no extra cost ever. 
There are thousands of Grief Recovery Specialists around the world helping us achieve our mission of “greatest number of people helped in the shortest possible time”. 

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It has completely transformed the way I work with people. This is not just about aftercare but the entire way we do business.  
Lianna Champ, Funeral Director & Celebrant 
Christine Khoo Funeral Celebrant Gives a Certification Training Testimonial
"The training was amazing, so pleased I did it." 
Christine Khoo - Celebrant 
"Fantastic to have this proven action plan available in the UK." 
Gwyn Pritchard 
Anglesey Funeral Services 
This grief training encompasses the principles and actions developed over the past 35+ years by John W. James and Russell Friedman, the founders of The Grief Recovery Institute®, and co-authors of The Grief Recovery® Handbook and When Children Grieve. 

Grief is Not an Intellectual Problem 

The uniqueness of the programme lies in the essential idea that grief is the normal and natural emotional reaction to loss. However despite grief being an emotional issue most of the advice out there for grievers is aimed at their intellects rather than their hearts. 

Learn through Personal Experience 

The programme combines both discussion and experiential components. A vital part of the programme is that you experience the Grief Recovery Method for yourself. 
"I feel I have been given a gift, a gift available to all of us once we’ve been shown the simple steps to take to heal ourselves after the many losses we suffer and put us back in the driving seat of our lives. I feel privileged and grateful for the knowledge I have received to allow me to help others so effectively." 
Lianna Champ, Funeral Director, Lancashire 


 Help Others Immediately 

As soon as you have completed the programme you will have all the tools you need to help grievers in a group format or on a one –one basis. While it isn’t possible to become expert in 4 days you will have the skills, lesson materials and support you need to be successful. In addition to the Group programme and One to One formats you’ll also be qualified to run a group for adults designed to teach them how to help their children deal with loss. 
These formats aren’t support groups or drop in facilities they are structured lessons in the Grief Recovery Method, support from us is available for as long as you need it – for no extra charge – ever. 
Imke Klie, Interfaith Minister, Germany 
"The training provides a wonderful toolbox that I can share with others. The training is transformative and essential; it is compulsory for everybody who wants to help grievers. Being a Grief Recovery Specialist I find it amazing how much support and guidance I get" 
We Will Refer Grievers To You 
If you have chosen to accept referrals no matter how people find us, whether through this site or the parent site in the US if they need a Grief Recovery Specialist and they live in your area we’ll refer them to you. As soon as you’re up and running the programmes we’ll pass any enquiries along. 
You Don’t Need A Degree To Help Grieving People 
Because the Grief Recovery Method employs simple action based steps this educational programme needs you only to be a good communicator and have a willingness to help. There are thousands of Certified Grief Recovery Specialists around the world from a wide range of backgrounds. 
Click on the headings below to read more 
Grief is an emotion. When we grieve our hearts feel broken. However most traditional methods use an intellectual or psychological approach to try to solve the problem when actually there’s nothing wrong with a grievers head! 
At Grief Recovery UK we don’t fix heads, but by re-educating people about dealing with grief, and helping them complete the unfinished business brought about by a death, divorce or other loss we do help them fix their hearts; allowing them to return to a fulfilling life albeit one that may be different to that they had planned. 
The 4 day intensive classroom training with lunch & refreshments 
Comprehensive training notes 
Lesson plans for all programme types, 
Material for giving presentations 
Starter promotional materials 
A copy of each of the 5 books: 
The Grief Recovery Handbook 
When Children Grieve 
Moving On 
Moving Beyond Loss 
The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss 
Lifetime Phone & email support on GRM tools 
Support to promote your new service for 6 months  
Access to our online membership area with exclusive content only available to Certified Grief Recovery Specialists® 
Access to closed facebook group to interact with other Specialists 
Licence to use the Grief Recovery brand  
Access to referrals received by The Grief Recovery Institute websites 
Framed Certificate 
Further copies of the book at discounted rate 
Certification Training gives you much more than 4 days in a classroom – it gives you everything you need to deliver Grief Recovery Method programmes safely and effectively. 
Yes! But you won’t be on your own. As part of your ongoing development as a Certified Grief Recovery Method® Specialist, you will have access to as much time as you need with your trainer. There is NEVER A FEE for that ongoing support. The availability of immediate guidance as you begin to run your programmes, will give you confidence and safety on behalf of the people you are helping. 
Following her Certification Training Carole Henderson, now Director of Grief Recovery UK contacted Russell before and after every session of her first Group Programme – amounting to over 20 hours of support – even the call was free using Skype. And that support hasn’t ended, when she comes across a situation she’d like a second opinion on John or Cole arealways at the end of an email or call for help. 
As with any education programme the best way to learn is to practice, but safely with the knowledge that you’re not alone. 
Download the e-brochure with agenda & prices here 
Programmes begin at 8:30am on Day 1 with an Introduction and Orientation Session. 
Participants reconvene each morning at 8:30am and conclude each evening at 5:30pm. 
Sessions deal with The Grief Recovery Method Principles, Concepts of Recovery, How Incomplete Loss Occurs, Identifying Incomplete Losses, Grief Recovery Counselling Skills, Teaching Role Sets, and Development of Completion Exercises, and Practical Application Training. 
There will be homework assignments Days 1,2, & 3 
Times may vary slightly based on number of participants and programme location. A programme itinerary will be forwarded with your confirmation. Check your Confirmation carefully for any time variances. 
When is the next Certification Course? 
We are adding new dates and locations regularly – click here for latest availability 
If you can’t make these dates then register your interest to receive advance notice when new dates/locations 
become available by clicking here 
Frequently Asked Questions 
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We’ve found that the Grief Recovery concepts work best in a group format. Grievers tend to isolate and groups are an excellent way to end that inclination. Having said that there are plenty of people that can’t or won’t attend a group which is why we also teach you how to deliver the programme in a One to One format. 
You can begin straight away. In fact we actively encourage you to get going as soon as possible while the material is still fresh in your mind and to cement it in place through practice. To that end, we strongly suggest that you do a “practice” group very soon after completing the Training. Don’t forget you can call on Grief Recovery (UK) every step of the way for help as needed. 
Grief is an emotion. When we grieve our hearts feel broken. However most traditional methods use an intellectual or psychological approach to try to solve the problem when actually there’s nothing wrong with a grievers head! 
At Grief Recovery UK we don’t fix heads, but by re-educating people about dealing with grief, and helping them complete the unfinished business brought about by a death, divorce or other loss we do help them fix their hearts; allowing them to return to a fulfilling life albeit one that may be different to that they had planned. 
Once you have paid for your Certification course no further fees are payable. 
No. Since grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss and since the Grief Recovery® formats are educational programmes, all that are required, is a loving heart and a genuine desire to help grieving people. Many of our Certified Specialists are licensed mental health professionals, and many come from other areas, such as the funeral and cemetery industries and the clergy. Those who are not in the mental health arena often create a referral list of mental health professionals in their community for situations that are outside the range of the Grief Recovery Method®. Many therapists refer clients to our Certified people who are not mental health professionals. These therapists perceive wonderful changes in their clients' ability to move forward after achieving completion in the Group or One to One programmes. 
Yes. A long term license and service agreement allows you to affiliate with the Institute and the intellectual properties protected by copyright law. Since it is not a franchise agreement, any monies you make as the result of providing Grief Recovery services to the public, belong to you. Grief Recovery (UK) only gets the fee you pay for the training. 
No, once you have the Certification you have the skills you need to run the Grief Recovery Programmes. However we do recommend you do the Certification training for a second time within the first year or two as a refresher but this is not compulsory. To make this easier we offer the training at a significant discount to all Certified Grief Recovery Specialists. 
There is no franchise agreement and we make no claims about how much money you can earn working as a Grief Recovery Specialist. You are free to determine your own scale of charges although you may find it helpful to check what others are charging. You may even choose not to charge, the choice is yours. 
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