Grief recovery groups are used for people who are dealing with grief due to losing a loved one. That loved one can be a family member, friend or pet, according to the Grief Recovery Method and the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.
Groups that are run by therapists tend to have a fee associated with them, while peer support groups tend to be free. Many grief recovery groups specialize in an area of loss, such as the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement and the Grief Recovery After Substance Passing group, which is a recovery group for those who have lost people to addiction.
Grief recovery groups help people by providing comfort and a connection with others who have experienced loss in a similar way, as evidenced by support group statements. The groups are a place where those grieving can come together to safely share their experiences and emotions around the loss. These groups may have activities such as reading or writing assignments to help overcome emotions related to loss. Other groups may focus solely on speaking with the leader of the group. The people in the grief recovery group learn from observation as well by listening to the testimony from each participant.