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'Most people bury or deny painful feelings - I teach you a set of emotional tools enabling you to 'make peace' with past hurts and trauma - gaining the knowledge that leaning in to your emotions, no matter how painful, is the natural way to heal the pain. The alternative can cause untold damage; emotionally, mentally, and physically too. If the loss is a separation or divorce you can finish the programme feeling liberated and unstoppable; you can become that confident, able and compassionate person that you really are.'

My name is Dawn Ford and I am Hereford's only Advanced Loss & Wellbeing Specialist.

What do I do?

My main work is delivering the life-changing  Grief Recovery Method . This 8 session programme teaches you a set of emotional tools that help you to 'make peace' with past hurts & trauma. It enables you to 'let go' of painful memories so you can love and find joy again after loss. Life experiences of loss include: relationship breakup, family estrangement, separation, divorce, moving, bullying, loss of home, loss of health, pet loss and other intangible losses such as loss of identity ,loss of self-worth, loss of safety (abuse) as well as the most obvious loss, that of a close one through bereavement.

Who do I help?

Divorce- Relationship breakup.

The majority of my GRM clients are mature women, who have frequently experienced an unloving relationship; having been betrayed, or abused, neglected, or controlled and made to feel unworthy; often by partners, but sometimes by a parent. After completing the Grief Recovery Method they go on to feel,  confident, compassionate and able to live life to the full again.


Other clients get in touch for help to discover and work through their unresolved grief over a death of someone close. That may have been a loving relationship but not always.  You discover what it is that is holding you stuck in a place of pain and get the opportuntiy to say everything you wanted to when they were alive and perhaps your feelings on what they are missing out on too. 


'Helping Children With Loss'

This is an eye-opening online group training programme, that teaches you how best to approach emotional 'hot topics' such as death and divorce to the children in your care. It is suitable for anyone who educates, trains, coaches and cares for children: parents, grandparents, children services, children's charities, social workers, foster agencies etc.

Where do I work?

I work face to face in Herefordshire or anywhere around the world online through Zoom. Please note that sessions are still available throughout Covid - 19 lockdown. The Helping Children With Loss training is online only.

Why choose the Grief Recovery Method?

Because 'making peace' enables you to finally let go of those years of buried sadness -  of never communicating those things you wished you had said or done, or hadn't said or hadn't done, before the person in the relationship tragically died, or perhaps developed the very cruel condition of dementia or heartbreakingly slipped into a coma. For those who have felt devastated by a relationship breakup or never felt 'good enough' or worthy you find yourself, you heal and become a wiser, empowered more confident you.

"I can’t recommend Dawn & the Grief Recovery Method enough . Such an amazing programme which can create profound changes. Eternally grateful for my sessions." Bereavement


"After completing the GRM I feel so confident and empowered; I feel completely unstoppable." Divorce

I am passionate about my work - whether that is delivering The Grief Recovery Method, the incredible Helping Children with Loss online group programme,  facilitating children's Grief & Art workshops or creating Bespoke Keepsake cushions out of your cherished clothes. Please contact me if you would like to know any more about any of these supportive services.

The Grief Recovery Institute, are proud to say that research at Kent State University has shown that The Grief Recovery Method approach to helping grievers deal with the pain of emotional loss in any relationship is "Evidence Based" and effective. We are also proud to say that our programme is the only Grief support programme to have received this distinction of being evidence based. Their studies show that The Grief Recovery Method goes beyond a “best practice” or “promising approach” in dealing with the emotional pain of loss. 


The Grief Recovery Method Certification Training is recognised by many professional bodies around the world. In the UK the course has been Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society.

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"A weight off my shoulders..

Three months after my mother's death, I bumped into Dawn one Monday morning sitting in her usual coffee shop sketching. Fate was certainly with me that day. I burst into tears and poured my heart out. What a relief to learn of her grief recovery programme - I remember going  home that day with a weight off my shoulders.

Dawn has helped me  move forward from the most difficult time in my life. By piecing together all my incomplete past and present  emotions and learning to 'forgive' by letting go of all feelings of resentment. Over the 7 week course, she listened to my tearful ramblings, providing me with copious tissues - never judgemental, showing me empathy and in complete confidence -  and all in the most idyllic setting of her garden room with views over the Herefordshire countryside .What I  have learnt from the programme will be invaluable for coping with any future feelings of loss and grief  .... Thank you Dawn x"

May 2018


1:1  Sessions

A holistic and educational wellbeing programme enabling you to heal from unresolved grief, loss, trauma. This programme also empowers you with the emotional tools to face future losses. Now also available online.

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Group Sessions

  Small group sessions that bring an additional sense of belonging & shared experiences, in a safe and non-judgemental space. Enabling everyone to participate to heal past losses, grief and trauma. AVAILABLE now is  the 'Helping Children With Loss' programme perfect for groups of teachers, .coaches/parents/grandparents/guardians/carers  

Bespoke Keepsakes

 With this bespoke service your cherished clothes are carefully turned into a keepsake cushion that you can hold close. These keepsakes bring so much comfort to  anyone who has suffered a bereavement or for children after a divorce, or when one parent works .away for long periods of time 

Inspired by your memories that your cherished clothes hold on to. Each commission is always a privilege.


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Grief & Art Workshops

I also facilitate grief & art workshops. These specialist creative sessions provide an opportunity for children who are struggling to come to terms with an emotional loss to express their feelings via the mediums of drawing and fabrics. 

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