Death & Illness

Death of spouse

Death of close family member

Death of close friend

Personal injury or illness

Death of a pet



Fired at work


Voluntary change in job


Family Changes

Change in health of family member

Ending of special friendship

Estrangement from family

Son or daughter leaving home


Move to new community

Change in church activities

Change in recreational activities

Financial Difficulties
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan

Loss of driver’s license due to age, health or violation of law

Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to loss. In the wake of our discomfort with grief, we’ve intellectualized the recovery process: follow these steps and you will be healed. It’s not that simple. Although our Grief Support Groups involve some educational elements, effective Grief Recovery must deal with your broken heart, which requires emotional support instead of intellectual explanations. The Grief Recovery Method Support Group, developed and refined over the past 30 years, teaches you how to recover from loss with supportive guidance every step of the way.

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A safe and supportive environment conveniently located where you live or work. Each group is facilitated by Grief Recovery Specialist Vicki DellaSperanza who will guide you through the steps of looking at losses that have affected your life and taking actions to complete unresolved grief. It’s an action-based group that involves reading and writing assignments. You have the option of contacting Vicki between sessions for assistance and clarification.


It’s not a drop-in group. You’ll enroll in an 8-week group format or a 7-week one-on-one format depending on your preference and availability. 

What is a Grief Recovery Support Group?

It is never too soon to address your grief. What would you do if your child, spouse or best friend broke their leg? Would you take a wait and see approach before contacting a doctor? Or, would you do everything you could to help your loved one get treatment and hop on the road to recovery? Be as kind to yourself as you would to a loved one – don’t delay in seeking help. 

When is the right time to join a Grief Recovery Group?

Grief Recovery Method Support Groups are for anyone who has experienced any kind of loss. Check out the list in the teal box for just a few of the many ways we can experience loss.

who is it for? 

Consider what it would be like to enroll in a cooking class designed to teach you the steps to prepare a new dish. You decide to drop out partway and read a cookbook instead. Each time you prepare the dish, it’s not quite right, and you wouldn’t dream of serving it to guests. Eventually you come to understand that you’re missing important ingredients – the expertise of a well-trained chef and the companionship of the other students. 

What if I feel better after a few sessions and decide that I don’t need to come anymore?
experiencing grief

It’s rare to find oneself at a loss for words during times of great joy. When a new baby arrives, we rejoice. When a couple gets married, we jubilate. When a student graduates, we cheer. When a loved one experiences a loss, most of us are at a loss for words. Since we don’t know what to say, or are worried we might say the wrong thing, we say nothing. Or, in an effort to say anything, we recite some of the myths about grief recovery: Time heals all wounds; Be strong; Don’t feel bad; Keep busy.


"The Grief Recovery Method Guide for Loss:
61 tips on the experience of Grief and how to help people through it."

This Grief Ebook will give you information about loss and how the many ways in which I can help you. This book covers:

  • The best grief definition you will find

  • Typical responses associated with grief

  • Ways to determine if you’re incomplete with a loss

  • Why the 5 Stages of Grief are a myth

  • Plus 50 other pieces of important information for you on the topic of grief


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Rev. Vicki DellaSperanza

425 Union Street, Suite 43

West Springfield, MA 01089


Tel: (413) 224-8368