The Grief Recovery Method ® Guide for Loss
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who is also an animal lover, I provide the highly acclaimed heart-based, action-focused one-on-one and/or group Grief Recovery Method® for Pet Loss in my private country Healing Sanctuary.
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Cricket-Olivia is often a guest on the Rogers TV program, "Animal Companions".
I feel so fortunate to have encountered Cricket-Olivia Forfar. I had never heard of the Grief Recovery Method for Pet Loss and was eager to attend her information presentation. Since what she had to say made so much sense to me I decided to sign up with her.
The book is very informative and lays out the process but I had questions throughout and benefited from the long discussions I had with Cricket. Anyone who tries this with the book alone should be extremely disciplined - I know I couldn't have done it. I needed everything Cricket brought to the table - encouragement, sympathy, patience and understanding. I told a friend what I was doing and she bought the book alone (but she's in a different country.) It was my friend's intention to complete assignments at the same pace as me. Without the commitment of the appointments and the training that Cricket has so she could respond to my questions and challenges, my friend still hasn't finished.
I had many "A-Ha" moments.
Early in my reading of the book I learned that we are taught to acquire things, not to lose them.
Virtually all of the phrases used by well intentioned people do not address grief - they at best offer no comfort and at worst are bad advice.
About two thirds of the way through I found myself laughing at something on television and the sound was so foreign that I realized I hadn't laughed out loud in at least two years. That same week I laughed heartily at something while at work. Co-workers turned and stared at me and one even said she couldn't remember the last time she had heard me laugh. Make no mistake, this is extremely hard emotional work. I needed Cricket to help me dig deep enough when my natural inclination to avoid or procrastinate surfaced. I didn't want to go through the process, I needed to. Also, this doesn't stop me missing my loved ones. I am still sad and even cry occasionally because their losses have become part of the fabric of my life. But I am not locked into their endings any more, not obsessing about the decisions I made at the time. The memories of the whole relationships and the years of joy we shared make me happy.
I can't thank or praise Cricket enough. She and the Grief Recovery Method have changed my life.
Are You Suffering From A Broken Heart?
Did you experience any one of these ‘deaths or loss’?
• Death of a Loved One
• Death of a Family Pet
• End of a Romantic Relationship
• Or Any of the 40 Other Losses that a Person Might Experience
Are you feeling:
• or Any of the Many Symptoms Caused by the Trauma and Shock of Loss
you know how you feel and it probably isn’t good.
I can’t tell you, “I know how you feel,” because I don’t. Neither does anyone else. What I 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.
Over the years, I’ve experienced many, many personal losses. The most difficult ones for me personally, were the deaths of my beloved Parents. My Mother, shockingly passed away suddenly in 2009 and my Father died in 2017, after a long and painful struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
The work I do as a Grief Recovery Method® Specialist and Palliative Doula, is dedicated to and inspired by, my Parents, Robert and Gloria Forfar.
1. The Grief Recovery Method® is offered in one on one sessions or small groups.
2. It provides a safe environment for you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life, and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain and keeping you stuck.
3. It’s an action-based methodology that involves reading and writing assignments outlined in The Grief Recovery Handbook – 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition.
4. It’s not a drop in group. You can choose from either an 8-week group format or a 7-week one-on-one format depending on your preference.
5. Each Grief Recovery Method® offering, either one on one sessions or small groups, is facilitated by me, a Certified Grief Recovery Coach.
• Time Heals All Wounds
• Be Strong
• Replace the Loss
• Don’t Feel Bad
• Grieve Alone
• Keep Busy
People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you how.
The Grief Recovery Method®, developed and refined over the past 30 years, helps you recover from loss with supportive guidance every step of the way.
The Grief Recovery Method® is for anyone who has experienced any kind of loss.
1. No! It is never too soon to address your grief. If you broke your leg would you wait to call the doctor? Then why wait to get help when you break your heart?
2. You’ve probably heard that time heals all wounds. That piece of misinformation creates the idea that you just have to wait to feel better. I have known people who have waited ten, twenty, thirty, and forty years, and still didn’t feel better. And they would tell you that not only had time not healed them, but also it compounded the pain. It’s not time that heals, but what you do within time.
The Grief can be so devasting that we don’t know how we are going to get through it and it can paralyze us from moving on with our life.
Whether through death, disappearance, or the ending of a relationship, people have an easy time talking about death, but grieving is a taboo subject, especially when it comes to the loss of our Pet.
If you are grieving the loss of your Animal Companion, you need support, understanding and a step-by-step method of completing the grieving process.
This one-of-a-kind musical compilation combines the Ancient and Sacred Solfeggio Tones, (same vibrational frequency as the heartbeat), with the fervant and reverent voice of Martin Damsell. The "vibrational frequencies" of the Solfeggio Tones stimulates the Brain to release the chemistry that produces a peaceful, soothing sensation throughout the Body, allowing both you and your Animal Companion to accept the "Transitioning" without Fear.
No, time doesn’t heal, it is the actions we take within time that helps us heal.
There are approximately 40 million new Pet Loss grievers every year. Given this astounding statistic, you would think that there would be an enormous number of resources available for those who have lost an Animal Companion.
Sadly, there is very little guidance for grieving Pet Guardians, like yourself, to achieve long-term completion of the grief caused by the loss of their beloved Pet.
By carefully working through a specific action plan, participants of the Grief Recovery Method® recover from loss through a series of specific actions and processes.
Moving through and beyond the pain, The Grief Recovery Method® offers you the ability to complete the grieving process that is necessary for you to wholly step back into your life with a happy and healed heart.
The Grief Recovery program that Cricket-Olivia Forfar conducted was incredibly helpful to me, as I have experienced numerous types of losses. Cricket was extremely skilled at guiding me and the other participants through the program, to help us deal successfully with our losses. The program handbook is filled with many pertinent and valuable insights into which behaviors are normal and beneficial, following a loss.
Cricket-Olivia is approachable, a very dedicated facilitator and very knowledgeable on this subject. I also appreciated that she conducted the sessions in a very private environment with only a few participants. This enabled everyone to commit to total honesty, strict confidentiality and respectful/nonjudgmental of each of our personal journeys.
This was one of the best sessions I have ever attended. Now I am less fearful of saying the wrong thing when speaking to people who have experienced a loss, and equally important, to respond in a manner that will help them on their journey to recovery.
I would recommend Cricket-Olivia’s Grief Recovery program to anyone seeking to recover from a loss of any kind, at any age.
I was looking for a program to help cope with the death of my husband. I tried the self-help books, but that wasn’t for me. I joined a grief group which helped a little but just talking about how I felt wasn’t getting me where I needed to be.
When I learned about The Grief Recovery Method®, I wondered how this program was going to help me in just 8 weeks. To my surprise it helped, it really, really helped. It was just what I needed.
I was told, “You get out, what you put in.” This statement has never been so true.
The first thing was, Cricket, our Facilitator, had a cozy, warm spot to hold the meeting and the group was small enough that I felt very comfortable. I honestly wouldn’t have participated if it was a large group setting as I can be very shy.
To my surprise there was homework to do. I thought this would be easy for me as I felt I had lots of time. It wasn’t easy at all, you have to dig deep and be honest with yourself, and it is very in-depth. However you are provided with many tools and Cricket’s assistance to help keep you focused and on the task. Cricket was also a great asset; she was warm, friendly and understanding and she kept me on track during the meeting and outside the meetings.
It is truly amazing how well-organized this Grief Recovery Method® is. The steps you take at each meeting all come together, and by the last meeting you feel like you have achieved your goal. It is set up in such a way you can’t fail if you put in the time and effort, but you won’t recognize this until the end of the program. If you were to ask me, I would give this program 10 out of 10.
After the 8 week course, and to my surprise, not only did it help me, but my family, friends and some casual acquaintances saw my amazing transformation.
Some of the ladies at my mom’s nursing home even commented on how much better I looked and sounded. I went from a guilt ridden widow, crying all the time, to a well-functioning woman who can socialize again.
Participating in the course was an eye opening experience. I achieved more than dealing with the pain, I was able to let go of the pain. I can’t explain how wonderful it feels to have the burden of guilt and the “what if” (I put on myself) taken off my shoulders.
I can now share stories and fond memories of my late husband without breaking down in tears. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my husband every day, occasionally I even have a bad day, but I can cope with them. I now have the tools and the knowledge on how to help me deal with any type of loss that may come my way.
I was fortunate to have Cricket guide and counsel me through the Grief Recovery Method® Program. She provided a safe environment where I felt totally supported by her. The work that I did, and Cricket’s complete understanding of the process, helped me to move on from grief that I had been ‘stuck’ in for several years!
The ‘tips’ on what to say and what not to say to a grieving person has been tremendously helpful to me when I attend a funeral or talk with anyone who is experiencing loss. Thank you Grief Recovery Method®!
I lost my sister in February and have been working with Cricket for months and cannot say enough about grief counseling…. I am still shattered but understand the journey thanks to Cricket…. God bless her and everyone she touches xoxoxo. She has helped me beyond my expectations. Cricket is a wonderful person and has helped me with my grief God Bless her….
I have just had an experience that I want to share with you. Because we are offering the Grief Recovery Method information presentations here at Thistledown, I was very interested in the content of this program. I decided I would sign up and complete the 7 week program with Cricket. That way, I could explain in more detail what the program was all about to our clients and others. (It is very difficult to endorse something you really don't know that much about). When I signed up, I didn't really feel I was in need of this service but that I wanted to understand the program more. I have just finished my last session with Cricket and I wish I could really put into words how this has helped me. (In my opinion, we can all benefit from taking this course). After working with Cricket, I discovered I had so much "stuff" that I have been carrying with me for so many years. "Stuff" that I had really thought I wasn't really carrying with me and that I had dealt with years ago. Cricket helped me through the seven weeks, I did my homework and I have done so much healing. I have learned HOW to heal, the importance of healing and I have put so many emotions (that I didn't even realize were there) away so I can focus on the future. I feel lighter (from having let go of so many emotions) and even more optimistic than I felt before. This program and the success I feel from having completed it has encouraged me to do some more work with Cricket. I am looking forward to doing a lot more healing and to journey through issues that I have stored within myself. We all have our histories and we all have losses, disappointments and emotions that we have stored for our entire lives. I can't thank you enough Cricket for the opportunity to find myself and feel so very optimistic about my future. The strange thing is, that before I took this program with Cricket I was already optimistic and positive about life. It is amazing how we can store so much of our past into a locked filing cabinet. I am so glad I not only found the key but that I used it. I would certainly make myself available to discuss my experience with anyone. Cricket is my perfect coach! Love ya!