For those of us who have participated in a Grief Recovery Method programme and have seen the results first hand, there is no doubt that its action steps are effective. 
 
Now, however, there is scientific research to support its effectiveness with grievers. 
 
In the first known university study to examine different approaches available to those who are suffering from a loss, the Grief Recovery Method has been shown to make a true difference. 
Dr Rachael D. Nolan and Dr Jeffery S. Hallam of Kent State University (Ohio, USA) conducted the research and published two scholarly articles in the American Journal of Health Education this past February. 
 
According to their findings, “The GRM programme is an evidence-informed, practice-based program that has been shown to effectively influence components of grief and grief recovery.” 
 
The studies indicate that the eight-session directed approach used in Grief Recovery Method Support Groups is effective in dealing with the symptoms of grief no matter what the type of loss. 
This is terrific news for the entire Grief Recovery community and for those who may have been wondering if the Method would truly work for them. 
 
The Grief Recovery Method programme was exclusively developed by grievers, for grievers and is based on over 40 years of experience. The programme has been implemented across the globe in 22 unique countries and translated into more than 15 different languages. 
 
The research conducted thus far has shown that the programme effectively influences participants’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours of grief recovery. Its evidence-based practices are grounded in behavioural theory, group cohesiveness, meaning-making, and prolonged exposure therapy. 
The scientific community has been increasingly aware of the effects of grief on the mental and physical wellbeing of sufferers. For those experiencing an inability to concentrate, fatigue, depression, inexplicable illness – this is wonderful news. Unresolved grief, even from losses that occurred in childhood, can account for long-term, debilitating levels of stress in the body that can increase the risk of grave illness or disease. Taking action to relieve this long-term stress can greatly improve participants’ quality of life. 
 
The Grief Recovery Handbook is available for those who would like to read more about the programme; Certified Grief Recovery Specialists who offer group programmes as well as one-on-one sessions can be found on our online map. 
 
The actions taken in this programme allow grievers to once again enjoy fond memories by taking away the pain. They also teach individuals how to heal from relationships that were not as loving or fulfilling as hoped. The tools and strategies acquired can be applied to all future losses as well, increasing the capacity for happiness, joy and wellbeing. 
 
Read the article abstracts from the American Journal of Health Education below. Full text articles are available to subscribers of the American Journal of Health Education only. 
 
Construct Validity of the Theory of Grief Recovery (TOGR): A New Paradigm Toward Our Understanding of Grief and Loss 
 
Measurement Development and Validation for Construct Validity of the Treatment: The Grief Recovery Method® Instrument (GRM-I) 
 
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