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Life After A Death

Break free from the emotional pain of a bereavement

Are you stuck, distracted, confused or lonely? 
Does it feel like your heart will never heal?

Although it might not feel like it right now, it is actually possible to recover from the emotional pain of a significant or traumatic death. Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to losing someone who was significant in your life – it could be someone you loved dearly or someone you had a difficult relationship with or resented.

Unfortunately, through social conditioning, most of us have lost our natural ability to deal with grief. Grief can involve strong, scary and unpredictable emotions including feeling numb – and generally, society is uncomfortable with this. Generally you’re discouraged from talking openly when things are not going well so you end up saying “I’m fine”.

If you do pluck up the courage to tell people you’re feeling sad, down or overwhelmed by a bereavement, they say: “Let go and move on”. But they don’t tell you how. You may then end up avoiding, ignoring, burying or distracting yourself from sadness, anger, confusion and other ‘negative’ or difficult emotions that arise during grief.

A really common response to grief is to ‘think positive’ and ‘get on with life’. You keep busy and every time you experience a disappointment or loss, you close off a part of our heart. Gradually you build a wall around your heart which means that you can’t live fully. Generally, you get away with this – that is, until you experience another major loss or a series of losses which may leave you feeling overwhelmed, full of doubt, lost, anxious or without hope.

That’s what happened to our founder, Joules Chan, who was unaware that she had been wearing a “I’m coping” mask for over 34 years. She’s shared her story on this site to inspire other grievers to face their grief and to take action to recover – because it is possible to recover.

How can we help you?

With expertise, warmth and years of experience helping hundreds of bereaved people, Joules can help you whether your bereavement happened recently or in the past; the length of time is irrelevant as grief doesn’t simply disappear over the years if you haven’t dealt with it.


We offer three types of service:


1) The Grief Recovery Method®


We specialise in providing The Grief Recovery Method® – the tried and tested “action programme for moving beyond loss”. It is an evidence-based programme that has been helping tens of thousands of grievers worldwide for over 35 years. This method isn’t counselling or therapy – it is a programme of step-by-step actions that can be used again and again for any future loss. It helps you move beyond ‘discovery’ into ‘recovery’.


As an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist®, Joules will teach you the steps you can take to be free of the pain of your bereavement so that it doesn’t limit you in the future. Remember, letting go of the pain and ‘recovery’ does not mean that you will forget your loved one – that just isn’t possible!


We run Grief Recovery Method programmes 1:1 online. Face to face programmes are also run for small groups and 1:1 in London, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight . Contact us to find out more.


2) Bespoke Service


We also provide bespoke support to the bereaved as we know that your experience of grief is unique and you may prefer a customised service. Our support can happen online, over the phone or face to face.


3) Two-day Workshops


We also have a 2-day workshop that teaches you how to grieve, to break down that wall around your heart, to heal your heart and to let go of the pain. It will give you the time and space you need to help build your resilience so that you can find a way forward, at your own pace. These are held on the Isle of Wight and West London.


Learn to let go of the pain and live well