The grief that comes with any emotional loss can be overwhelming and also very isolating. Often people find that those they normally count on for emotional support are at a total loss when it comes to offering effective and meaningful assistance. They will often give you logical reasons why you should not feel bad, but that rarely helps. Grief is emotional and not logical! The fact that you are seeking help in dealing with that emotional pain is not a sign of weakness, but rather a recognition on your part that you are interested in taking recovery action! - Grief Recovery Institute
...and had weekly one to one sessions with Robin. I was struggling and in a lot of pain after a year of several major losses. Not only is Robin an expert facilitator and guide, her loving, safe presence made it possible for me to do deep healing work during an especially tough and vulnerable time."
- S. online participant, August, 2021
Robin Heart Suttin is an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist and Life Coach
Welcome! I'm Robin and I want to give you a really warm welcome. Whatever has brought you here - whatever loss or heartache or change in your life that has left you feeling devastated and heartbroken, I want you to know that there are some tools that you can use to move beyond the pain, isolation and loneliness of loss.
When I first heard about the Grief Recovery Method, I wasn't fully aware of just how much unresolved emotional pain I had been carrying around in my life - for years! After several romantic breakups, I did eventually get married. I thought on my wedding day that I would finally be freed from all of the pain from my past, yet I hadn't worked through any of it so I ended up carrying it all right into my marriage. It didn't take long before there was a huge wall between me and my husband. All of my past loss of trust issues and feelings of insecurity came to the surface and I was living in an emotional jail. During our second year of marriage, I had an emergency surgery that left me totally heartbroken. My dream of one day holding the baby I had always dreamed of holding in my arms came to an end. It was final. I would never conceive. It was the death of my hopes and dreams for the life I had always envisioned. While recovering from surgery, my husband was helping me to walk down the hospital hallway when we passed a young couple with their beautiful newborn baby. I glanced at their precious little bundle of joy and then I looked up at the parents and managed to exchange a slight smile with them before quickly dropping my head just in time for the tears to silently stream down my face. My husband, who is quite tall, didn't even know that I was crying. I didn't want him to know. I didn't want anyone to know the depths of my heartache. Instead, I stayed busy pursuing a successful career teaching English as a foreign language to distract myself from the pain.
While teaching an English course to adult professionals in Kraków, Poland, two of my students experienced devastating losses. During their private English lessons with me they wanted to talk about their loved ones who had died. While listening, the seed was planted in my heart to learn more about grief and how to support those who were grieving. My search led me to the Grief Recovery Institute. Though I signed up for my training because I wanted to learn how to help others to heal their broken hearts, I soon discovered that my own heart was also desperately in need of emotional healing. I learned how to grieve the pain attached to the broken places in my heart that I had been too afraid to look at. The wall around my heart finally came down and I felt like I had lost 100 pounds of emotional weight.
In 2015 I became a certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist and in 2018 I received additional training to become an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist which allows me to teach Grief Recovery Method programs online to participants all over the U.S. and internationally too!
I love the work I get to do! I love seeing participants experience their own emotional healing and transformation through using the tools of the Grief Recovery Method.
...I thought that if I acknowledged what had hurt me, that I would be admitting to being permanently broken. I didn't feel like it was safe to admit that I was grieving, let alone accept it. From the very beginning of the program, I felt safe with Robin. With her guidance and unconditional support throughout the seven-week program, I was able to heal even more than the bereavement I had initially come to grief recovery for."
- Eve, Keller, Texas
...I hid all the emotions inside of me to minimize the pain and grief. I constantly had dreams of her during the the night until I started the program with Robin. I was encouraged to share my feelings. Robin was a "heart with ears" which helped me talk and face my emotional struggles honestly and comfortably. After opening myself and honestly sharing my feelings, I no longer feel emotionally stuck. And now I have less of those repeated dreams at night. More importantly, I learned a series of tools to handle conflicting emotions. I don't panic anymore when I am missing my mom or being faced with other losses. I also realized how important it is to correctly respond to losses. The tools I learned in the program are indeed useful!"
- Online Participant in Nashville, Tennessee
- Online Participant in Fort Worth, Texas
...who has gone through the course and the grief recovery process herself. I don't think that had I just read the book on my own, that I would have been able to first of all push myself through doing all of the assignments and completing things. The grief recovery program sets you up for success. I feel more forgiving of myself for things I just didn't know."
- Sandra, Keller, Texas
"I'm so happy that I had a chance to get to know about this program and go through it. I had no idea that such a program even existed. Having the tools is such a big thing for me. Having a method and the tools to work through things from my past and to know how to deal with things in my future is huge for me. Being able to help my kids learn to deal with loss appropriately is huge for me. And I wish everyone could go through something like this! I felt that our grief recovery specialist, Robin, was so good at leading the program. She came across so understanding and non-judgmental, not trying to analyze everything people shared, in fact, not analyzing at all. I felt like I was getting a big, warm hug when she listened to me."
- Carol, Roanoke, Texas
...She is genuine and open. Leading without judgment, analysis or criticism, she has gently encouraged me onward towards my goal of becoming free from my past. With my own eyes, I'm beginning to see my heart open, in some ways, for the first time. With Robin, I am learning how to use specific tools to process through wounds & be free. And, I will carry these tools with me for the rest of my life because they really do work!"
- Cheryl, Fort Worth, Texas .
- Online Participant in Brooklyn, New York
...because when you suffer a loss of a dear family member, a lot of cultural behaviours do not help you to face reality. It was a hard work, but Robin Suttin accompanied me with professionalism and compassion. I feel much better now, and I am looking forward to go on living my life with joy. I want to thank Robin and the whole Grief Recovery team! It was outstanding and 5 stars is my rating!"
- Edith, Lugano, Switzerland
...as opposed to running away from them. Robin created a space where I could feel safe and supported to heal, and heal I did. While I enjoyed the process, I was skeptical about it actually working. Robin kept me on track, and sure enough, by the final session, I was different. I feel safer and more present in my life and practice. I feel grounded and complete and for this I am eternally grateful."
- Eve, Keller, Texas
...I've lost loved ones before but had never experienced this type of grief and really didn't know what to do. NO ONE understood my pain and NO ONE could offer the support I truly needed. After searching online and attending a pet loss support group, I found Robin and the Grief Recovery Method. What a blessing to be able to express my deepest feelings and sorrow to someone who truly understands the process of grieving and how unique it is to the individual and the loss that is experienced during that time. After peeling away at the layers of some very deeply rooted pain in my life, I uncovered much deeper pain that still needed to be dealt with. I'm so very thankful for Robin's professionalism and empathy toward my situation and I cannot say "Thank you" enough for her willingness to help me during such a difficult time. I would highly recommend trying this methodology of grief processing and healing to anyone, no matter your circumstances."
- Veronica, DFW area
"I am beyond grateful for this experience...
...because I feel that aside from helping me now be freed from the past and misconceptions, unforgiven situations related to my ex partner and chains of resentment that had me bound, I can look forward to a brighter future, especially for the sake of our beautiful children. I am confident now, which is a real gift, that if something comes up, I will have these tools to use and deal with it."
- Online Participant in Mexico
- Online Participant in Fort Worth, Texas
..She gently "held my hand" through every step, explaining with love and humor, when that was appropriate. I came to the Grief Recovery Method not wanting to let go of the pain that I felt in the relationship with my mom. In the course of the following weeks I went from dreading the idea of having to open up about my feelings about my relationship with my mom, and the disappointment about our relationship, to having insights about myself, accepting our relationship as it is, forgiving what happened in the past and healing the pain I felt, to actually feeling excited about reconnecting with my mom from a different, healthier place. I have so much gratitude and respect for Robin and the work that she does and have already recommended her to multiple friends."
- Online Participant in Spain
- Diana, San Antonio. Texas