Based in Kempston Rural, just 5 miles from central Bedford and 12 miles from Central Milton Keynes Carole Batchelor offers the Grief Recovery Action Programmes to groups and individuals across the region.
Carole Batchelor, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist trained with Russell Friedman of the Grief Recovery Institute and co-author of The Grief Recovery Handbook. Programmes are run at her private, comfortable base near Kempston but can offer programmes on site at colleges, schools or places of work.
Anyone who has experienced loss knows that as a society people are ill equipped to cope. Grief Recovery is not therapy although doing it is therapeutic, neither is it counselling. It is education, an action plan to help one move beyond the pain of death, divorce, redundancy or any other of the 40 major loss events that can happen to anyone at anytime.
Grief Recovery can be carried out on a one to one basis at a time /day to suit or more effectively and more cost effectively as part of a group. Times and dates for the next available courses are on the website.
I wasnt quite sure what to expect from the weekend when I first booked in. I knew that things needed to change and hopefully this would be the start of that process. BOY OH BOY am I glad I went on it! This has to be one of the most productive things I have EVER done. It has helped me feel happier and more at one with myself than I have done for years. I cannot think of one person that would not benefit from it!
After the sudden and unexpected death of my husband I searched through books and guides to find something that would make the pain go away. I found nothing but patronising words that added to my hurt and frustration. Buying The Grief Recovery handbook saved my sanity. At last I found someone who understood my behaviour, my emotions and what was happening to me. I believed that working through the Grief Recovery programme would help me. I struggled to find a grief partner so enrolled on the 4 day residential course, 5 months after my husbandís death. My family and friends were scared I would come home even more battered and broken. (I donít think that could have been possible as my distress was growing worse every day) They needn't have worried, Grief Recovery allowed me to laugh, cry and heal my emotions in such a safe environment. My friends say I'm transformed and I feel it. I can inflate my lungs now without gravity fighting me, my eyes open wide without the heavy drooping eyelids and I can pick up my feet without the feeling of the lead boots being attached. The Grief Recovery handbook saved my sanity, The Grief Recovery programme transformed my life! Society has failed to equip us with an action plan to complete our grief but now Iím armed with my very own tool kit which works a treat!
Grief Recovery for me was and is life changing, absoultey amazing work carried out by the Greif Recovery specialist.... A "heart with ears" was the words used over and again and this is so true. I without doubt will be recommending Grief Recovery to anyone who as suffered any sort of loss, It is marvellous.
This was a life changing weekend! Learning how to use a set of tools so that grief, that had been locked in and eating away at me for years, could be processed properly. I only wish that I had known about this years ago. The feeling that a mental and physical burden had been lifted from my shoulders was out of this world. A 100% positive experience and many thanks to Grief recovery and to Carole especially for bringing it to the UK.
I attended a Grief Recovery course with Carole Batchelor and it was such an amazing 4 days. Carole is a natural teacher and is very passionate about Grief Recovery, as am I now. I am excited to now be able to help as many people as I can. Excellent, thoroughly recommend.
Every step of the process was really well explained and illustrated from the leaders own life experiences. I felt well supported at all times even though some of the sessions were very emotional and taxing. The book was well written and easy to follow and each step again was explained and fully illustrated from the authors personal experience. I feel I have achieved great benefit from completing the course.
After a year of terrible loss I was struggling to cope and just do day to day things. I tried counselling, and talking was not enough for me. Completing the grief recovery handbook and talking each stage through with Carole has really helped me to complete the emotional relationship I had with people I had lost both those living and those that have passed away. Whilst it has been a painful journey, for the first time in a long time I feel more optimistic about the future and feel better able to cope and feel like I have got the old self back. I only wish I had done it sooner!
If you feel that you life is not as it should be due to the emotional baggage you carry from past relationship and losses then this course will help you to deal with these emotions, complete your relationships and move on with your life, guided all the way by your group leader.