The Grief Recovery Method®

If you can't stop thinking about a painful loss or you feel ready to step back into your life again, The Grief Recovery Method® is your best path forward. Here you'll find the tools, space, and support to recover—without the long-term commitment of traditional therapy.


The Grief Recovery Method® is an in-person program, so I can only service clients in the Chicago area. If you are outside Chicago, you can find another Grief Recovery Specialist® in your area by clicking here.



So what is The Grief Recovery Method® program?
It's a once-a-week face-to-face meeting that gives you the tools, space, and support to work through and release the pain of a major life loss. The program lasts seven to twelve weeks, depending on the size of your program (one-on-one vs. group). One-on-ones usually last seven weeks and group programs usually last eight to twelve weeks.

What's the difference between one-on-one and group programs?
In a one-on-one program, you'll work directly with me. You'll hear my story and get direct support from me throughout.

In a group program, you'll work with me as well as others. You'll hear my story as well as the stories of others and get support from the group through the later weeks of the program.

What losses are okay to work on?
All losses are welcome! Death, divorce, and diagnosis are the most common, but there are over 43 losses that can cause grief.

What can I expect from our time together?
During each two hour session, you'll be welcomed into a confidential, non-judgmental space where you'll be expected to share the truth of your story as it happened to you. You'll also be expected to complete weekly reading and homework assignments.

From me, you can expect open ears and an open heart ready to receive your story. I'm also available to answer logistical questions about the program.

What should I bring?
A notebook and something to write with. Books and worksheets will be provided for you.

Do I have to attend every session?
Yes. If you miss a one-on-one session, you'll be asked to reschedule your session with the possibility of incurring a fee. If you miss a group session after the first two weeks, you'll be asked to leave the program with the opportunity to finish with another group at another time.

How is The Grief Recovery Method® different from therapy?
The Grief Recovery Method® is a series of steps specifically designed to help you recover from major loss within a set time frame. Unlike traditional therapy, The Grief Recovery Method® comes with a preestablished framework, a distinct focus on grief, and a limited number of meetings.

How much does it cost?
One-on-one programs start at $999.00 for seven weeks.

Group programs start at $399.00 per person for eight to twelve weeks.
(Minimum of four people required for group programs.)

How do I get started?
Click below to set up a free introduction call with me.



"The Grief Recovery® process was very helpful for me! There's all this unhelpful information going around about grief, and the Grief Recovery Process has been the first really practical way of dealing with grief that I have ever experienced.

Shelby was patient, caring, and confident in her approach. I felt perfectly comfortable honestly sharing my grief story with her and I got the maximum benefit out of the program as a result. By working with Shelby through the Grief Recovery® process, I was able to feel some emotions that I had long stifled and finally let some baggage go."
- KC Dolder, Empowerment Coach (website)