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The Grief Recovery Method®

  • be+well Encinitas 412 North Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, CA, 92024 United States (map)
Grief does not change you. It reveals you.

The Grief Recovery Method® is proven action program for moving beyond death, divorce, career, financial, health and other losses.  Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness.  Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Method® offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss. 

Have you heard these myths about grief?

  • Time heals all wounds

  • Replace the loss and move on

  • Grieve alone

  • Be strong for others

  • Bury your feelings

  • Stay busy

Grieving people want and need to be heard, not fixed.  These myths can keep grieving people feeling misunderstood and trapped in a cycle of despair, stagnation, and depression.

Although there are no stages or feelings that every single griever experiences there are some common symptoms of grief.

Do you relate to any of these?

·    Do you feel tired?
·    Do you feel emotionally drained?
·    Do you pretend to be happy?
·    Do you isolate?
·    Have your eating or sleeping patterns changed?
·    Do fond memories of your loved one turn painful?

If you answered yes to any of these you are probably experiencing unresolved grief.

The Grief Recovery Method® provides a safe environment for you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life, and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain.

It’s an action-based group that meets eight times and involves reading and writing assignments outlined in "The Grief Recovery Handbook", – 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition. 

It’s not really letting go of the past that is the problem. It is coming to terms with letting go of a possible future that will never be. This is the struggle. The mind wants to keep its fantasies. Even when they are unhealthy, dangerous, or even cruel. To let go of the past you must also let go of the future and live in the present.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is it? The Grief Recovery Method® is an action program for moving through grief and loss. The program is eight 2-hr sessions starting Oct 30th through Dec 18th.

Where is it? Be + Well Encinitas
412 North Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024


When is it? 6:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday, Oct 30
Wednesday, Nov 6, 13, 20
Monday, Nov 25 - Online meeting via Zoom (no in-person session)
Wednesday, Dec 4, 11, 18

Can I just do one session? Good question! It’s not a drop in group. The action program is 7 different in-person group sessions and one online session leading towards Grief Recovery. The 8-week group format meets from 6:30-8:30 PM at be+well in Encinitas. 

Can I attend this program with a partner, friend, or family member? Yes.  We also encourage each of you to have your own experience.  There will be times where we will be breaking up into groups of two and encourage people to partner with people that are new to them.

What if I want more coaching than just the 30 minutes session after our 5th meeting? Additional grief support coaching may be purchased to enhance your program upon request from Libby Carstensen.

What if I miss one of the scheduled sessions? We get it. Life happens.  8 sessions are a commitment to your health and well-being.  If you are unable to attend one of the weekly meetings of the Grief Recovery Program, it is your responsibility to connect with Libby to make-up the session to stay on course with the other group participants.  If you miss more than one session an additional fee of $50 will be incurred to make-up the session.

What if I know in advance I am going to miss one of the sessions? If you know in advance you will miss one or two sessions no fee will be incurred and the appropriate arrangements will be made ahead of time.     

What if I am freaking out? It's ok to be nervous, skeptical, or hesitant about this program.  Fear can be a natural reaction when moving closer to the truth. 

How much is it? Early bird pricing is $499 by 10/21/19 after that $599.

What’s included in the price? Your enrollment includes one copy of The Grief Recovery Method Handbook, homework materials, 7 group in-person Grief Recovery Method sessions at BeWell Encinitas and one online session via Zoom, and a 30-minute 1-1 grief support coaching session with Libby Carstensen after your group session number five. 

How do I sign up? What if I have questions? Simply fill out the form below to schedule an introductory call to answer any questions you might have and complete your registration. You can also e-mail

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