Testimonials: Grief Recovery

“Between my job as a Nurse and my own personal life, I’ve cared for and lost a lot of people over the years and some have had a tremendous impact on me personally, mentally, physically and emotionally. I have carried a lot more grief within me through the years which added an extra burden and so when my current employer mentioned that they were encouraging people to attend an 8 week Grief Recovery Program, I immediately signed up. To say that the sessions changed me would be an understatement. Through meeting with Gina and the Group I was able to look back over my life and deal with some of the monumental deaths and losses that I’ve suffered over the years and not only work though them, but also grieve and be able to move on and unleash myself from the weight that I had been carrying inside of me for the past 20 years. I am thankful and fortunate to have been a part of one of Gina’s Grief Groups and I would strongly recommend that anybody who has suffered a traumatic loss or a negative life altering event to contact Gina and see if she can help you work through the pain, hurt and grief and to move beyond it in order to live a full life again. I had been dealing with unresolved grief related to the death of a parent when I was a teenager, for close to 20 years now and I finally feel closure and have been able to move on and live my life without grief weighing me down. If you feel that you have something that you need to grieve or that you haven’t been able to work through then I highly recommend getting in touch with Gina and having her help you get your life back.” ~ Scott

“I am so thankful that I was referred to Gina after my husband recently passed away. Gina is a very kind and compassionate woman. She guided me gently through The Grief Recovery Method. I benefited from this process in ways I would never have expected. Thank you Gina, you are a very special lady.” ~ Dorie

“I knew I needed help and support to get my life back on track after my brother died at the age of 48. I have had a lot of deaths in my life and found out that over the years the pain grew from the grief that had accumulated with in me. My brother’s death was the breaking point. This time my heart actually hurt and I had no energy or interest in life anymore. I could not even force myself to do something that I knew needed to be dealt with. I felt flat and just went through my day to day activities.

Even though I have a supportive family and circle of friends, that was not enough to get me back on track. There is not a lot of help out there to deal with death. I called Gina and she was a very caring, sincere person and easy to talk to and share with. She guided me through the course and helped me deal with my feelings that had built up over the years. I could feel a big weight was lifted off of my shoulders and slowly felt like myself again.

She helped me understand the The Grief Recovery program does not only deal with death but helps you move beyond any loss in your life that you may encounter. She also helped me understand all of the misconceptions surrounding a loss that we have grown up with and believed since childhood. I also liked that the program was not religious based but more spiritual and she made me feel comfortable throughout the course and what I was feeling was normal.” ~ Cathy

“My dad died in 1986 from lung cancer and my mother just died at the end of Jan 2012 in her 101st year. I was so lucky to have had her around for that long but instead of being grateful, I was angry. I felt guilty as well and couldn’t seem to move on with my life. My anger and guilt had been going on for years…I couldn’t take care of my Mom, living so far away from her. In Italian families, the custom is for children to move their parents into their homes when one parent died. This wasn’t possible for me. I decided to call Gina on a friend’s advice and am now so thankful I did.

Since the course, the anger has dissipated and the guilt is gone. I learned that there were many other unresolved issues with which I needed to deal. I had countless misconceptions about what my obligations were… misconceptions about life and death that I had believed since I was a child. What a relief I felt when I finished the course, like being “whitewashed” from the inside out. I finally realized the origins of the anger and guilt and was able to let them go. It’s time to move on and enjoy the rest of my life thanks to Gina, her kind and caring words and her amazing listening ability.” ~ Laurie

“When my husband died I was lost and didn’t know where to turn or what to do. Many family and friends suggested grief counselling. I then found Gina Pilon. She helped me in more ways I can explain. Gina’s caring, compassion and guidance helped me through a very difficult journey. She helped me understand the grieving process and what to expect. Gina taught me coping skills I use every day. Thank you Gina!” ~ Melissa