July 21, 2021

That Thing About The Alienated Grandma and Grief

That Thing About The Alienated Grandma and Grief

In This Episode we learn how of a woman nearly died in 2007 and again in 2015 and upon her recovery, realized that the years of grief were having a huge impact on her emotional and physical health. Debi Richens, is a wife, mother, alienated parent & grandparent who pushed through the low points in her life to become an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist an I-act Therapist, trained in Suicide Prevention and ACES, as well as Brain Trauma Recovery. She’s made it her life's mission to help others through their grief process, using the tools she teaches others to use, to help her through her own grieving process when she looked lost her mother, as well as what it’s like to become alienated from her kids and grandchildren, and how to move on from those life changing chapters. Find more about Debi and what she offers in her Bio

 

Debi Richens

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist

I am a wife, mother, alienated parent & grandparent, and have been a carer/supporter for elderly relatives for over 12 years. I have a three-legged Plummer (Jack Russell) Russell and an African Grey Parrot. I paint and draw, I particularly like portraiture in oils. I love being out in nature, walking and local woodland is a particular love. I am creative and enjoy taking photographs, although I am not trained. I enjoy creating handmade gifts. I adore my Godson and his family, I am known as Great Fairy Godmother to his boys.

During my varied career, I have dealt with many losses both personal and work-related. I trained as an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist in 2019, and this has evolved into coaching Grief Recovery to others through my emotional resilience programme.

I run a support group for alienated grandparents and an online group with worldwide reach on Facebook. I am also a trained I-act Therapist, trained in Suicide Prevention and ACES, and Brain Trauma Recovery. I am also a Mentor for the Santander UK Women in Business Programme and support one mentee. I nearly died in 2007 and again in 2015 and upon my recovery, I started to realise that the years and years of grief that I had lived with were having a huge impact on my emotional and physical health. I spent a long time studying various forms of therapy/holistic treatments to aid me in regaining my health without realising, that without shifting the grief I carried around, that would not happen. Grief Recovery gave me the space to be truly heard, honestly and openly about the pain I had buried inside from so many different areas of my life. As I learned the tools, I found an ability to move through a large majority of the many debilitating experiences of grief that were dragging me down: family deaths in tragic circumstances, loss of babies due to miscarriage, breakdown of my marriage, loss of home, life, family and pets, and finally, the disappointments of a career that did not take the trajectory that I had expected.

The skills I have gained to help others complete their losses and move forward in their lives is so rewarding. It has given me a passion to effect positive change to enable you to move forward in a more healthy, effective way and achieve greater depth to your own life.