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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”

Sigmund Freud

'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 -leaving you feeling liberated and unstoppable to be that  confident 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?

With the Grief Recovery Method I teach you a set of emotional tools that help you to 'make peace' with past hurts & trauma enabling you to 'let go' of painful memories so you can love and find joy again after loss.

Who do I help?

The majority of my clients are mature women, who want to step off that painful carousel of trauma & regret and discover that confident, compassionate and adventurous soul that lies within.

Where do I work?

I work face to face in Herefordshire or anywhere in the world online. Please note that sessions are still available through out  Covid - 19 lockdown but only online.

Why choose the Grief Recovery Method?

Because 'making peace' enables you to finally let go of all those years of buried sadness and never feeling 'good enough' or worthy. The GRM enables you to heal and become a calmer, wiser more confident you.


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

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.

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.

Group Meeting

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.


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. 

Contact Dawn

©2020 by Dawn Ford Loss & Wellbeing Specialist.