Are you suffering from a broken heart? Did a death, divorce, or the end of a romantic relationship cause it? Or was it caused by any of the forty other losses that a person might experience – such as moving, pet loss, or a change in finances? Regardless of the cause, you know how you feel… and it probably isn’t good. We aren’t going to tell you, “We know how you feel,” because we don’t. Neither does anyone else. What we will do is provide a safe environment where you will be given specific tools to help you recover from loss, and ultimately lead a happier life.
Utilizing my training, my education as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and my own personal experience has proven to be most effective in providing my clients with empathy and compassion, a deeper understanding of dealing with grief, and much-needed emotional support – all of which can result in a great sense of hope and healing. Seeing lives change is the greatest and most satisfying aspect of what I do.
"We're taught how to acquire things, not what to do when we lose them."
John W. James, The Grief Recovery Handbook
It is my hope that you will allow me the opportunity to walk with you through your grief journey. I am here as a guide to help you navigate, and to teach you how to recover from loss with supportive guidance every step of the way. I look forward to walking with you through this journey of healing from loss.
If you’re interested in becoming a better, happier, more fulfilled you, I’d love to work with you every step of the way.
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About Catherine Ray
My personal journey with grief started my freshman year in college when my boyfriend was killed in an automobile accident. I regretted that I never had the chance to say goodbye. Ironically, I was taking my first Grief & Loss class at the time. This provided a certain level of help but there was not a great deal of grief support on our college campus in the 1980” s. I even attended a widows' support group in Indianapolis for comfort and support, but soon found it was not a good fit for me. His death made me realize how unprepared I was to cope with my grief and the pain of loss. All my hopes, dreams and aspirations were gone!
Many years later after Christmas my 69-year-old father died in a hospital cardiac recovery unit, surrounded by family, 30 days after undergoing open heart surgery. I found myself leaning on my faith to get me through my pain of grief. I had attended a support group through my church at the time.
Shortly after that, my next significant loss was that of my 42-year-old sister, who was diagnosed with a very rare cancer. Around the time I was working toward my master’s degree and in another Grief and Loss class. From this experience, I learned a lot about helping my sister prepare for her end-of-life journey. We had hospice involved which was a great resource in helping me cope with my grief and received bereavement support.
Not long after my sister died, in 2008 my beloved cat Gracie of fourteen years unexpectedly died. My heart was broken. It was difficult to find support groups for pet loss. So, I joined a chat room with others who had lost a pet for several months to find support and process my grief. Now with the help of the Grief Recovery Pet Loss program I was able grieve Gracie's loss in an appropriate way.
A subsequent devastating loss was that of my mother, who passed suddenly at the age of 79. I was aware this could happen due to her health condition, but it was still jarring to me. My mother was my rock. I found it challenging to grieve her loss, while continuing to help grieving patients and families in my hospice career. I had to put my grief on hold until I could process appropriately once I was certified.
While the deaths of those I loved caused me to grieve, I have also felt and endured other losses over the years. Shortly after my mother died, my eldest daughter moved several states away for work. This too was a loss, and my husband’s family business of 30 years closed, and I wasn’t prepared for how this would affective me and my family. It was during this time I researched grief and loss programs that could help me with my pain. This is when I found the Grief Recovery Institute and made one of the most meaningful decisions of my life -- to become a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Since being certified I have been processing my losses with the tools I learned and the action plan. I have had grief counseling and training and The Grief Recovery Method is by far the best evidence-based program.
It is my hope that you will allow me the opportunity to walk with you through your grief journey. I am here as a guide to help you navigate and teach you how to recover from loss with supportive guidance every step of the way. I look forward to walking with you through this journey of healing from loss.