Grief, Loss & Traumatic Change Coaching
“I can’t thank Gemma enough for skilfully steering me through the grief recovery process. The (Stage 1) grief recovery coaching did in 8 sessions what I hadn’t managed to achieve in 10 months. I would highly recommend Gemma and the grief recovery process for any loss be it through death, divorce, loss of a job, a relationship or something more abstract like the loss of trust.” - Theresa Q, CEO, Oxford.
In my experience, companies struggle to know what to do when employees need help with grief and loss, beyond awarding some additional time off and referring employees to EAP. Sometimes the bereavement and counselling services offered by providers such as EAP are not quite right for everyone. My own personal experience backs this up. When I was bereaved in 2010, I couldn’t find positive, proactive coaching support to help me recover and adjust to my ‘new normal’. I didn’t feel I needed counselling or therapy, and the executive coaches I spoke to didn’t seem to be experienced in this area. And yet I needed to continue performing in my busy HR Director role.
When I qualified as a coach, I added to my existing coaching experience with specialist grief training, and now use this blended skillset to help individuals to positively address and recover from all forms of traumatic change and loss, including redundancy, divorce and bereavement.
I offer a unique grief coaching programme to people who have experienced traumatic loss, and want to recover from the impact of this loss quickly, to enable you to re-engage with the working world and be the best you can be.
The coaching can be offered either as a standalone support service for identified employees with a key need (eg bereavement support, outplacement support etc), or as part of a wider organisation mental health and wellbeing initiative. My approach is to work directly with organisations to educate, support and guide leaders and employees in the highly sensitive and complex area of grief and loss, which includes death, relationship breakdown, redundancy or loss of health, or any one of the over 40 significant life events that can lead to impaired performance and productivity, stress, mental health issues and illness.
The Grief, Loss & Change Coaching Programme
A supportive, accessible programme that is applicable for anyone willing to take the necessary actions to help themselves. The programme starts with an introduction 60-minute session, where I share the foundation principles of the programme and we get to know each other. We will then have 3-4 further sessions (typically 60 mins duration, usually weekly or fortnightly) where I guide and support you through the actions required to complete your loss. Between each session there are exercises and further reading to complete. All materials are provided.
*Format: 4x weekly or fortnightly 60 minute sessions (5 sessions if by Skype/Zoom)
By the end, my clients report that they look at their old beliefs and behaviours differently, and have gained an important sense of perspective and balance in relation to the loss experienced. Sessions are designed to enable you to take the actions to help let go of the pain attached to your most significant loss. You will also have the tools to apply the same process to other losses in your life, now and in the future.