Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Grief Recovery Method® program evidence-based?

Yes. The GRM program is evidence-based.

The official statement adopted by the research team on the program is:

“The GRM program is an evidence-informed, practice-based program that has been shown to effectively influence components of grief and grief recovery.”

Now, you may be asking yourself what does evidence-informed, practice-based, or evidence-based really mean? If so, you are not alone. Many people have asked the same question.

Here are some helpful explanations:

  • Evidence-informed: The GRM program combines person-centered values with several evidence-based practices that are supported by educational research and have been shown to be effective. These evidence-based practices are grounded in behavioral theory, group cohesiveness, meaning-making, and prolonged exposure therapy.
  • Practice-based: The GRM program was exclusively developed by grievers FOR grievers based on over 40 years of firsthand experience. The program has been implemented across the globe in 22 unique countries and translated in more than 15 different languages.
  • Evidence-based: The GRM program has been shown to effectively influence components of grief and grief recovery through data that has been collected and analyzed from phases 1-3 of the program research project. The components of grief and grief recovery that the program has been shown to effectively influence are grievers’ knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of grief recovery.

How Does the GRM Program Work?

Based on over 40 years of practice dealing with grief and working one on one with grievers, the GRM program helps reduce grief by teaching grievers:

  • New skills on how to cope and process grief (knowledge).
  • How to confront old myths or unhelpful patterns of grieving (attitudes).
  • How to examine the ways in which grief has impacted their life through detailed assignments and exercises (beliefs).
  • And how to let go of pain from loss through the timely identification of apologies, forgiveness, and significant emotional statements, all within a helpful, supportive environment (behaviors of grief recovery).

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See what clients have to say

Between my job as a Nurse and my own personal life, I’ve cared for and lost a lot of people over the years and some have had a tremendous impact on me personally, mentally, physically and emotionally. I have carried a lot more grief within me through the years which added an extra burden and so when my current employer mentioned that they were encouraging people to attend an 8 week Grief Recovery Program, I immediately signed up.


To say that the sessions changed me would be an understatement. Through meeting with Gina and the Group I was able to look back over my life and deal with some of the monumental deaths and losses that I’ve suffered over the years and not only work though them, but also grieve and be able to move on and unleash myself from the weight that I had been carrying inside of me for the past 20 years. I am thankful and fortunate to have been a part of one of Gina’s Grief Groups and I would strongly recommend that anybody who has suffered a traumatic loss or a negative life altering event to contact Gina and see if she can help you work through the pain, hurt and grief and to move beyond it in order to live a full life again.


I had been dealing with unresolved grief related to the death of a parent when I was a teenager, for close to 20 years now and I finally feel closure and have been able to move on and live my life without grief weighing me down. If you feel that you have something that you need to grieve or that you haven’t been able to work through then I highly recommend getting in touch with Gina and having her help you get your life back.


I knew I needed help and support to get my life back on track after my brother died at the age of 48. I have had a lot of deaths in my life and found out that over the years the pain grew from the grief that had accumulated with in me. My brother’s death was the breaking point. This time my heart actually hurt and I had no energy or interest in life anymore. I could not even force myself to do something that I knew needed to be dealt with. I felt flat and just went through my day to day activities.


Even though I have a supportive family and circle of friends, that was not enough to get me back on track. There is not a lot of help out there to deal with death. I called Gina and she was a very caring, sincere person and easy to talk to and share with. She guided me through the course and helped me deal with my feelings that had built up over the years. I could feel a big weight was lifted off of my shoulders and slowly felt like myself again.


She helped me understand the The Grief Recovery program does not only deal with death but helps you move beyond any loss in your life that you may encounter. She also helped me understand all of the misconceptions surrounding a loss that we have grown up with and believed since childhood. I also liked that the program was not religious based but more spiritual and she made me feel comfortable throughout the course and what I was feeling was normal.