Are you suffering from a broken heart?
We aren’t going to tell you,
“We know how you feel,” because we don’t.
Neither does anyone else.
What we will do is provide a safe environment where you will be given
specific tools to help you recover from loss and ultimately lead a happier life.
Did a death, divorce, or the end of a romantic relationship cause it? Or was it caused by any of the forty other losses that a person might experience such as moving, pet loss, or a change in finances? Regardless of the cause, you know how you feel and it probably isn’t good.
The grief recovery method ®
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to LOSS OF ANY KIND.
Notice it says normal and natural. If you have experienced loss and are hurting, you are normal. Those losses include death, divorce, loss of a job, loss of a dream, loss of safety, loss of trust, loss of hope... How we react to those losses and process the hurt is critical in moving forward, free from the debilitating pain that often accompanies loss.
While grief is normal and natural, and clearly the most powerful of all emotions, it is also the most neglected and misunderstood experience, often by both the grievers and those around them.
Many people try to address grief logically. But the problem is grievers don't suffer from a broken head but a broken heart... so logic or practical advice is rarely helpful.
The Grief Recovery Method® utilized here at the Chattanooga Center for Grief Recovery was developed at the Grief Recovery Institute, now based in Oregon, and has been taught world wide with tremendous results. This action step program speaks to the heart and helps the griever move beyond the pain.
What coping mechanisms do you use to handle the hurt?
We call them STERBs - Short Term Energy Releasing Behaviors.
Alcohol - Drugs - Work - Food - Sex Exercise - Relationships - Hobbies
Golf - Running - Shopping - Church
Volunteering - Cleaning - Isolating
(feel free to add your own)
None of these are bad in the right context. But when used to avoid pain, they are woefully inadequate. They make you feel different, not better. Here at the Chattanooga Center for Grief Recovery, we will teach you the Grief Recovery Method® and give you tools to process loss in your life and say Goodbye to the pain..
The Grief Recovery Method ® teaches that recovery from loss is achieved by a series of small and correct choices made by the griever. Most of us were never taught how to make those choices when processing loss. We are taught all of our lives how to acquire things, but not how to let go, especially of those things we hold dear.
Grievers may experience things like a loss of concentration, a sense of numbness, disrupted sleep patterns, changed eating habits, a roller coaster of emotions and more; but there are no absolutes in grief. There are no reactions so universal that all, or even most, people will experience them. There is only one unalterable truth: All relationships and situations are unique.
The Grief Recovery Method ® walks grievers through a series of action steps in a group setting or in one-on-one sessions to help them identify the hurt they are holding on to and to release it once and for all. The process is taught in an eight week class that meets weekly. There is a some reading and homework assignments that must be completed as part of the class.
All conversations are kept confidential*. Classes are designed to be a safe place to learn, share and heal. And although the Chattanooga Center for Grief Recovery is housed in a church, The Grief Recovery Method ® is not religion based and is compatible with all faiths or those with no religious beliefs at all.
*within legal restrictions.
Myths About Grief:
Time Heals all Wounds
Replace the Loss
Be Strong for Others
Bury your Feelings
If you have been using any of these methods to deal with your loss, then you already know they don't work. We can give you the right tools to move your forward.
If you are grieving there is help available.
Grief Recovery Classes are offered on a regular basis, with new classes starting monthly. Instructors are all certified Grief Recovery Specialists, through the Grief Recovery Institute. Check the Calendar for the next available class.
Private One-on-one sessions are available by appointment. Use the contact page to make inquiries about current openings.
The cost of the 8 session group class is now just $199, payable in four payments and includes all materials. A $49 non refundable deposit holds your space and covers the cost of materials. A second payment of $50 is due the first night of class. The third payment of $50 is due half way through (Week 3) the class with the final payment due before the last class. Individual one-on-one sessions run 7 to 10 weeks and are priced based on the grievers needs following and initial consultation. To sign up for the next class click here.
Need based scholarships are available to help in the cost of GROUP CLASSES.
Our desire is that no one goes without help because of a lack of funds.
Special classes and seminars are held periodically, including sessions on pet loss, grieving children, crisis management as well as community and professional informational seminars. Check the calendar or contact us for your specific need.