Testimonials

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."

October 2016

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.

October 2016

 

MIND-BLOWING

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.

October 2016

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.

Feb 2017

 

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! 

May 2017

 

Eternally Grateful

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.

May 2017

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'

February 2018.

 

Invaluable For Coping With Any Future Feelings of Loss and Grief.

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 

February 2018

Transformative Programme

"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."

February 2018

 

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 

 

Extraordinarily compassionate..

"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!"

June 2018

 

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.

July 2018

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.

September 2018 

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."

October 2018

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. ❤

April 2020

Profound Changes

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

April 2020

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

April 2020

 

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.

April 2020

'Building resilience and empowerment after loss.'