A Calming Space Without Judgement
"Well, what can I say? Visiting Dawn at The Garden Room has been so eye-opening. It is such a calming place where nothing you say is judged. Just a listening ear. The Grief Recovery Method really helped me to understand and accept my emotions. I feel like I will be able to deal with any grief I may have in my Life."
EYE-OPENING AND LIFE CHANGING!
I'm amazed and inspired by what I'm learning. It has been a breath of fresh air not having anyone judging you or writing notes, you can simply be you and reassured that everything you are feeling is natural and okay.
The techniques learnt have helped me personally to understand my feelings and being able to speak openly and write my thoughts down has helped enormously in my own journey of recovery.
I liked that there was no questions or analysis. Your honesty showing your emotions made me feel okay about crying.
The Garden Room is a wonderful safe haven. I feel completely relaxed in the environment Dawn works in.
I am reminded of the bright colourful woman Mel was and it brings me joy.
Dawn was a close friend of Mel, my soul partner sadly lost to us. Part of Mel was her love of bright beautiful clothes so Dawn offered to make some things from pieces of Mel's clothes. These items have been so helpful to me on my journey through grief, how they have helped me changing as I have changed. When someone you love dearly passes away unexpectedly, well I can only speak for myself but I wanted to hang to as much of Mel as I could just after she died. Her last voice message on my phone so I could hear her voice for instance, playing it over and over at times trying to fill the huge space in my life her absence had created with something of her. The things Dawn made from Mel's clothes helped me to let go of Mel as slowly as I needed to. Now the items bring me cheer because rather than me clinging to something I am reminded of the bright colourful woman Mel was and it brings me joy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Dawn Ford
Keepsakes for himself, his son and daughter. 2016
CLARITY, WISDOM & CREATIVITY
I had a lovely, lovely day today with the most gorgeous soul Dawn Ford. Training as Grief Recovery Method Specialists brought us together. Today we had the longest chats, the best moments of clarity, wisdom and creativity together. An amazing artist and maker of keepsakes for those who we have lost. Please go check out her art it's so so gorgeous and she makes the most beautiful keepsakes, I can't wait to see how she makes my precious keepsakes into something new I can keep forever.
IT HUMANISES 'GRIEF' AND TACKLES IT HEAD ON AND PRACTICALLY.
This course brought about a huge transformation in my life and my perspective when dealing with my past losses and griefs. Although I am not stereotypically labelled as someone who has suffered huge losses (such as the death of a loved one), Dawn helped me realise the pain I had experienced throughout my life was still real, that it mattered and that I didn't have to continue with it weighing me down and affecting my every-day life. This was significant for me because often I had questioned my emotions and not feeling they were justified because I hadn't experienced the right 'type of grief' to bring about those feelings.
Dawn has a very special ability to deliver clarity, understanding and compassion around a sensitive topic and I always left feeling lighter and more positive! Throughout the course I was amazed by the lessons learnt from the handbook Dawn uses which is very easy to read and relatable. The content in the programme, for me, was incredibly mind-opening and inspiring. It humanises 'grief' and tackles it head on and practically; which I believe is the only way to be able to acknowledge pain, accept it and let it go.
It is clear Dawn is so passionate about helping others complete on their losses to bring about positive changes in their lives and she made me feel relaxed from the first session enabling me to expose my true emotions without any judgement whilst being highly professional. Since starting and finishing the course I have been telling everyone I know about the Dawn's programme and what I've learnt- literally life changing!
I will be eternally grateful to Dawn for the wonderful service she offers, and she's helped both me and my daughter more than she'll ever know.
A very special way of drawing out the difficult things while promoting the positives.
Dawn worked with us over the course of a year on a very specific project relating to memories and thoughts for the future during a very emotional and difficult period in the schools life. We were all grieving over the loss of a treasured member of school with our oldest children particularly affected. The Art & Grief workshop led by Dawn became an instrumental part of the grieving and the recovery process. She has the most incredibly passion, kindness and thoughtfulness and a very special way of drawing out the difficult things while promoting the positives. Art was the medium but this alone would not have had the same affect. It was Dawn’s personality that gave it such a vibrant and positive feel and one that the children gained so much from.
The adults who worked with Dawn were also supported and taken on the same positive journey to being able to celebrate the past and the present and look to the future.
Dawn is certainly a talented artist but much more. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with and alongside Dawn.
School Art & Memory Workshop
A LOVELY COMPASSIONATE LADY
Highly recommend Dawn for anyone feeling they're not coping with their grief.
I was stuck in a loop of remembering how my mum passed and unable to move on. Dawn re-awoke my good memories & feelings that I had forgotten. I feel like I've got my mum back.
And to top it off, Dawn is a lovely compassionate lady with lots of compassion and understanding. Even though I've finished my treatment I still think if her as a good friend. Thank you Dawn. xXx'
"The work that Dawn has taken me through on the Grief Recovery Programme has been transformative. I highly recommend this course if you want to feel lighter, brighter and ready to skip forward no longer carrying that heavy burden of loss. Dawn is sensitive, intuitive, gently guiding to make sure that negative feelings are truly released. It's not therapy, it's a lesson for life."
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
"Dawn creates and holds an extraordinarily compassionate, non judgemental, caring space that allowed me to identify and let go of my grief. The structured process through which she acts as a guide catalysed a remarkable transformation in me which liberated me into an fresh phase of my life. Thank you Dawn!"
The Garden Room is a lovely safe space.
It is a lovely safe space. I can’t thank you enough for the grief recovery programme. I’m coping better than I ever did.
The way dealing with grief is portrayed in society is not the way we should deal with grief.
After getting to the lowest point in my life, my mum told me she knew someone who could possible help me get out of a very dark place I was in. I was very sceptical about going to grief recovery as I thought it was going to be me lying on a sofa and then being told to say how I feel. Before meeting Dawn and attending the 7 week program I was never a person to talk about my feelings and how I was feeling. As each session passed I felt myself becoming the person everyone knew me as, a person that is always cracking jokes, having fun and a laugh. Each week I was looking forward to going to my sessions and talking. Dawn and the grief recovery project has helped me in so many ways and has opened my eyes, and made me realise that the way dealing with grief is portrayed in society is not the way to deal with grief. If it wasn’t for Dawn and the project I don’t know where I would be today or even be here today. All the information about dealing with grief I leaned I have passed on to friends and family. Anyone dealing with grief I would tell them straight away to get in contact with Dawn and let her help you. When I first met Dawn she asked me how I was feeling on a scale of 1-10 and it was 1, as the weeks progressed the number of how I was feeling grew each week, and by the end of my sessions I was feeling a very high 9/10. And thanks to Dawn and the program I know that there will be days where I do feel very low but now I am fully able to deal with them in the correct way. I cannot thank Dawn enough for helping me.
My Pain Was Real and Mattered.
"This course brought about a huge transformation in my life and my perspective when dealing with my past losses and grief. Although I am not stereotypically labelled as someone who has suffered huge losses (such as the death of a loved one), Dawn helped me realise the pain I had experienced throughout my life was still real, that it mattered and that I didn't have to continue with it weighing me down and affecting my every-day life. This was significant for me because often I had questioned my emotions and not feeling they were justified because I hadn't experienced the right 'type of grief' to bring about those feelings."
"Dawn has a very special ability to deliver clarity, understanding and compassion around a sensitive topic and I always left feeling lighter and more positive! Throughout the course I was amazed by the lessons learnt from the handbook Dawn uses which is very easy to read and relatable. The content in the programme, for me, was incredibly mind-opening and inspiring. It humanises 'grief' and tackles it head on and practically; which I believe is the only way to be able to acknowledge pain, accept it and let it go."
Moving on to a recovery
I highly recommend Dawn and this program for helping through the process of any form of loss experienced. It will enable moving on to a recovery. Dawn is gentle, kind and endearing. You will feel safe in her comfortable environment. ❤
Can’t recommend Dawn & the Grief Recovery Method enough ❤. Such an amazing programme which can create profound changes. Eternally grateful for my sessions.
SUCH A TRANSFORMATIVE AND HEALING PROCESS
Would highly recommend the grief recovery programme. Especially being guided through it by the lovely Dawn Ford. Such a transformative and healing process xx
A gentle but far reaching process of connecting incidents and patterns throughout my life
I am half-way through my Grief and Loss Recovery method sessions. At the moment, I am taking a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dawn has offered online sessions and I may well take this up but I value and enjoy our face to face sessions so I am currently waiting to see when they might be able to resume.
I chose to work with Dawn after I met her socially through our shared creative interests. She radiates a ‘presence’ and we connected instantly. It became clear to me very quickly that Dawn has a deep understanding of what makes people ‘tick’ and can make connections between current issues and past patterns of conditioning, trauma and limiting beliefs. When she explained the Grief recovery method to me, I knew that it could help me unblock some issues with loss of self-esteem and confidence that resulted from burnout and depression and the ‘loss of status’ that came when I had to give up a career in my early thirties due to those problems.
What has transpired in the four sessions I have had so far has been a gentle but far reaching process of connecting incidents and patterns throughout my life with feelings of shame, loss of self-esteem and grief. It’s already released some stuck energy and lately I have found myself moving forward with a long-held desire to create more purpose and meaning in my life that until now has been hampered by fear and loss of confidence. I am sure that the sessions with Dawn have been part of that.
Dawn creates a relaxed but purposeful atmosphere for each session and holds space for each emotion to surface. I feel totally at ease in being able to express my deepest and most private thoughts without fear of judgement. There is a structure to each week’s preparation and session content which provides focus, but the programme is also flexible and allows room for my needs to be met. For example, I need an extra session to complete the work for the content of my latest session and this has been easily accommodated.
I would recommend Dawn and the Grief Recovery Method to anyone who is finding themselves hampered in their fullest pursuit of a happy and meaningful life by any of the multitude of things that can result in feelings of loss and grief.
A Testimonial from one of my participants who enrolled on my pilot training of Helping Children With Loss programme. October 12th 2020
A testimonial from another one of the lovely 'Helping Children With Loss' participants on my pilot programme. October 2020- THANK YOU so much for your kind words. 🙏💕
I have recently completed a four week course with Dawn and I must say what an incredible course. The course taught me to see loss in a different way and to hopefully support those who are grieving any form of loss, with an open heart and a listening ear. We often say how resilient children are and yes they are but this course has shown me that our children are often being resilient because it has been modelled to or been expected of by the adults in their lives. We often put on a brave face for our children and think we can’t show our emotions in front of them through fear of upsetting them.
The course that Dawn offers is a fantastic tool for anyone working with or dealing with young children. It is definitely something I am implementing in my daily practice and has reinforced that it is okay to be sad, it is okay to miss something or someone. It is okay to grieve the loss of something or someone openly and emotionally.
So let’s all remind ourselves and our children that showing emotion isn’t a weakness, missing a loved one isn’t being weak or not coping it is human nature. Dawn thank you so much! 🥰🥰🥰🥰
A testimonial from one of the lovely pilot Helping Children With Loss online programme.
I have recently taken part in Dawn’s, online 'Helping Children with Loss' grief course and I can whole heartily say this program is amazing and so eye- opening.
Delivered by a lovely, caring, compassionate and thoughtful teacher, who helped me learn and understand. The course itself resonated with me and I am counting on using it in my everyday life. It reinforced with me the power of listening, active listening and its importance.
I have also reflected on learning how children’s ways of acting to situations is based on the learnt behaviour of which adults have modelled in their lives.
Overall this course is incredible and eye opening. For anyone working with children I highly recommend it!
We all need to remember, we are all human, we are all unique but it’s okay not to be okay. It’s okay to ask for help, it’s NOT a weakness. You are not alone.
Thank you once again Dawn, for this truly eye opening and exceptional course.
“Truly the best
Three months after the loss of my beautiful Grandma, I came across Dawn. My mum had been in contact with her as she was creating keepsake cushions out of my grandma’s cardigans. After struggling with the loss, we discovered that Dawn ran an 8-week grief recovery course. After finding this out, we contacted her, and I started the following week.
Dawn is the most exceptional woman I have ever come across, the warmest and kindest of people of whom made me feel ‘normal’ again. The course taught me so much about loss and relationships, not only was I able to work on the loss of my Grandma and how to deal with grieving it, Dawn also helped me through other complicated relationships which I have had within my family.
The course has had such a positive impact on me and is something that I shall carry through all my life. Dawn's kind heart and wisdom will have a lasting impression on me and I will recommend this course to anyone I come across who may feel it would benefit them, like it has me and many others.” November 2020
" I feel so much better equipped to support and discuss the issues associated with loss and grief".
Firstly I would like to say thank you to you for being such an amazing teacher and support through the last 4 weeks. It is such a brilliant programme but it needs someone who is patient, kind, thoughtful, knowledgeable and supportive to deliver it effectively and this is absolutely what you have done.
I feel both on a personal and professional level so much better equipped to support and discuss the issues associated with loss and grief. My own understanding of what it means to experience a loss has been expanded and developed through these last 4 weeks and I can reflect now on some of my own experiences and understand why I might feel/behave the way I do about certain losses or memories.
To sum it up I think that this programme is a really important one which can better prepare and support adults who work in education to help children in their care to deal with loss and grief but to also develop as a person so that you have a much clearer understanding of the many different feelings and emotions associated to loss and grief. There cannot be any reason not to engage with this programme and Dawn because you will benefit and so will those around you.
Thank you again.
A primary school teacher on the 'Helping Children With Loss' programme January 2021
"I didn’t associate grief with anything other than death"
“Before starting the programme with Dawn, I didn’t associate grief with anything other than death, but since taking part in the 4 week training programme I now have a deeper understanding and can recommend Dawn as a specialist , she is knowledgeable , caring and showed empathy throughout the sessions and I can’t think of anyone better to offer the programme . A truly uplifting experience . Thank you Dawn”
A review from one of the 'Helping Children With Loss' participants. January 2021
Someone doesn't have to die to feel grief.
A year and half after my husband walked out I was still struggling. To the point that it was affecting me both mentally and physically. My periods had stopped and I developed blemishes on the skin, which had to be checked for cancer. In many situations I would struggle to breathe. I was a mess and felt I was on a permanent Merry-Go-Round (and not in a good way).
I was holding it all together for my children putting on a mask to hide my true emotions. To many I was an unbelievably strong women coping and getting on with the situation, but deep down I was contemplating suicide. My children and parents were my reason for living and I am forever grateful for them.
But when I was alone a darkness would creep over me pull me back under. My husband left with no explanation, no reason was given and because of this I would constantly blame myself for the situation I was in. I questioned where I had gone wrong.
One day after it was all getting too much, a friend recommended me getting some help. She recommended Dawn and I am so grateful she did.
Dawn deals with Grief and at first I didn’t see how that would relate to my own situation.
My husband hadn’t died, he had left me. Dawn explained the pain I was feeling was grief.
The grief for my lost marriage
The grief for my lost future
The grief for my lost family
It all began to make sense. I was not dealing with my pain I was locking it away where it was festering and instead of moving forward I was constantly holding myself back.
Dawn was so patient, so calm and understanding, never judging me. She put me at complete ease and it felt so easy to talk. The program helped me to work through my problems. After just 2 sessions I could feel the weight starting to lift. There were tears and laughter and by the end of the course I felt like a new me.
Someone doesn’t have die to feel grief.
My grief was the loss of my marriage, loss of my family, loss of the future I was going to have and in some ways it was harder. I had no final goodbye, no gathering of family and friends to support me. I had to face my husband knowing that we were no longer together. I had to deal with the people talking about me behind my back. On that day not only did I lose my husband I also lost an entire family (mother in law, sister and brother in law, niece and nephew)
Dawn was a Saviour, she brought me out of the darkness that I was in and I can’t thank you enough.
Dawn taught me Grief is an emotion you should feel it! It is there to help you deal with your terrible pain, don’t ever lock it away.
Thank you Dawn
I smiled all the way home.
I always looked forward to seeing and speaking to you and our sessions. You made me feel relaxed, calm and comfortable to discuss things openly and truthfully with you, because I trusted & believed in you. After one session with you I smiled all the way home, I felt so happy and relaxed - the pain had gone. Thank you.
GRM August 2021
Helped me to truly understand my pain.
The Grief Recovery program has truly helped me to understand my pain and how to accept or forgive it. Dawn is a truly amazing and special person; listens, never judges, guides you through sensitive and painful life experiences while always making you feel safe. Dawn is passionate about helping others and has certainly helped me, I am truly grateful.
GRM -August 2021
I no longer feel as though I am flailing around in the dark.
Thank you so much for leading us on what, for me, has been a very eye-opening journey. Since starting the course in July I have learnt so much about how to speak to my children about the death of their father and their feelings of grief.
I no longer feel as though I am flailing around in the dark and it is such a relief to have a proper set of tools to work with. Getting us all through this loss has been the hardest thing I've ever had to do and I have felt very isolated at times, so being able to talk so openly and honestly to you and the other participants has been amazing.
You are such a kind, generous and inspiring person and your passion for what you do is infectious!
I really hope to go and do the personal 1:1 Grief Recovery Method with you in the near future too.
Thank you for your wisdom, hope to see you soon.
HCWL: online educational training programme - July 2021