Grief Works by Illume
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who recommend Grief Works as a way to find support after a loss

Soothe your pain, get the support you need, and heal

Grief hurts and can be difficult to manage. But if you can allow it into your life, grief works. Be supported through a step-by-step process, by Julia Samuel MBE to help you heal.

93% of the time

people report feeling “better” or “much better” after using Grief Works.

It’s easier with support

The first step to navigating grief

Navigating grief doesn’t mean that you forget and move on.

Adjusting to a loss transforms who you are while keeping you connected to your loved one.

But the unpredictable nature of grief means it’s hard to go through it alone. Studies have shown that being alone makes the grieving process much harder and longer than it has to be.

Seeking professional help marks the first step in your path towards healing. However, many people are unable to access counselling due to long waiting lists at counselling organisations, time or financial constraints.

Soothe your pain, build your strength and heal

Our loved ones also want us to return to joy and love, while keeping them in our heart.

  • Find companionship and support in your grieving journey
  • Find ways to trust in living and loving again
  • Be supported and encouraged by Julia Samuel herself
  • Feel better and start bringing yourself back to wholeness
  • Unlock an affordable, private & personalised grief companion

How you will be supported

Therapeutic course + tools

Process your grief at your own pace with a 28-session therapeutic course

Manage your emotions with 30+ tools to help the moment you need

Rebuild life after loss by practising the 8 pillars of strength

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Live support

Manage your emotions with 30+ tools to help the moment you need

Live 1-to-1 text chat with non-judgemental, empathetic counsellors

Connect with others going through similar experiences in a supportive community

Julia Samuel, Masterclass

Your expert teacher
Julia Samuel MBE

Julia is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience supporting thousands through their grief. As Vice President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, she brings expertise, compassion, and gentle guidance.

Julia is the founding patron of Child Bereavement UK, alongside Prince William, and holds the cherished role of godmother to Prince George, a testament to her trusted presence.

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Eternally Grateful

“In the depths of my grief a friend recommended the app and I am eternally grateful.

The tools helped me through my saddest loneliest times, when the pain was almost unbearable. The app is money well spent and is helping me through the most difficult, painful time of my life. Thank you.”

Unravels the complexities

This app has done so much to help me unravel the complexities of my grief. Three heavy years of being stuck but after only 10 days I feel lighter and calmer. I’m so glad I found it.

Helpful for anyone grieving

This app is a wonderful resource for anyone who is trying to cope with the death of a loved one and is feeling lost in a new and unwelcome new world. It feels remarkably personal and nurturing.

Like a good friend

It’s been like having a good friend with me each day who understands more than anyone else the despair and loneliness of grief. I wish I’d found this earlier.

Great app

A really powerful tool which is supporting me to move through one of the toughest periods in my life.

Lifesaver

“Grief Works has been truly life changing. The app helped me feel deeply connected to my wife, who died 5 months ago. It has allowed me to appreciate both the bright moment as the moments of sadness. I’ve gone from floundering in despair to feeling more like myself.”

Support at whatever stage you are in your journey

This app has the potential to change your grief journey into a reflective, supportive and more positive experience, at a time when you might be feeling lost, alone and fearful of your future. Highly recommend.

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"Having had professional counselling for
grief this programme is on a par if not better."

Hannah

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What you'll learn
in Grief Works

  • Soothe your pain
    Discover ways to manage fear, anger, sadness, guilt, numbness & futility with tools and guidance in your pocket the moment you need them.
  • Work through your grief
    Be guided through 28 sessions, step by step, of 15 minutes a day, to help you work through your grief.
  • Develop techniques to stay grounded
    Develop the 8 pillars of strength to look after your mental health, build resilience and feel more able to cope with life.
  • Find ways to trust in living and loving again
    Learn ways to gently let hope and happiness back in and to open yourself up to a future where you can hold your love for that person from the past whilst embracing your present and future ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up to Grief Works app?

To start using Grief Works, select a payment option here. You'll be asked to input payment and personal information so you can set up your account details and receive instructions for downloading it to your mobile phone.

How do I gift this to someone who is going through loss?

Email us at feedback@griefworkscourse.com and we'll help you set an account up for a friend!

Does Grief Works work on both iPhones and Android phones?

Grief Works course and tools are delivered through iOS / iPhones as well as Android phones.

What if I'm not happy with my purchase?

If you're not satisfied with the Grief Works app, contact us within 30 days of your purchase and we will give a full refund, no questions asked.

Is the Grief Works app free?

If you cannot afford the app subscription, you can request a free account. We reserve 10% of all subscriptions for free accounts.

What’s the definition of grief?

Grief is the internal process that is adjusting to the loss or death of someone we care for. The experience is usually chaotic and disorienting, but everyone grieves in their own way. Manifestations can range from numbness to anger to depression. There’s no right or wrong way to grieve.

What are the stages of grief?

People often talk about Kubler Ross’s 5 stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance - but I prefer to talk about the Dual Process Model of grief by Stroebe and Schut. Rather than looking at grief as linear or happening in stages, it sees grief as an oscillation between loss orientation and restoration orientation. At times, we can be loss oriented and feel the pain (including all the feelings described by the 5 stages theory) which we allow, and at other times we are restoration oriented, where we intentionally give ourselves a break and focus our minds on something else, for example, by doing things that soothe us, and give us thee psychological energy to go back and do the loss work. It’s the movement between these two that allows us to grow through grief.

Will grief ever go away?

Grief is a naturally adaptive process. The intensity of the pain of grief changes over time but we are also changed by our grief. It’s a process through which we can grow and heal. Rather than “get over it,” we can accommodate it and learn to live with it, build our life around it, and it will alway influence us. We can be hit by grief decades after the person has died, triggered by our senses, like sights, touch, and smells, because they trigger our memory networks, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t processed our grief.

What does grief do to your body?

Grief is embodied. Every thought you have has a physiological component, every feeling in your body gives you a thought. The two are interconnected: mind-body. Everything you do with your body and mind affect your whole system, including what you listen to, what you watch, who you’re with, how much you sleep… all have a mind-body impact. If you’re grieving, you would want to have a stable body and regularity in your life, and the best way to do that is to be mindful of where you put your attention, time and focus.

Physical symptoms of grief: Why am I unable to cry?

We all have a default mode of coping when in crisis when painful things happen to us. One of those ways may be switching off, shutting down and blocking our feelings. This could be why you’re not crying. It could also be shock, so let you body do what it needs to do, support yourself. There are many ways of expressing grief; tears is by no means the only one. You can help yourself by perhaps walking or listening to music, and allowing feelings to emerge. You may cry, or you may not, but don’t give yourself a hard time. There’s no right or wrong way to grieve.

Grief Works course curriculum

The Grief Works course, which is based on Julia Samuel’s best selling Grief Works book, takes you through a profoundly optimistic and compassionate journey that helps you process your grief in a holistic manner and guides you as you transition into your new life and identity.

Part 1: Managing emotions

Session 1: Grief does work

Grief is a process that works and with Julia’s guidance, it will work for you. In this session, you’ll look at what is motivating you to work through your grief.

Session 2: Pain is the agent of change

Although it can be really tempting to block out our pain, we need to engage with it in order to heal. This Session will show you how, by helping you take the first steps to articulate, share, and ultimately, manage your pain.

Session 3: Filling in the pieces

Thinking about the circumstances of the death may feel like the last thing you want to do. But in this Session Julia will guide you through how you can find greater peace of mind by reflecting on what happened.

Session 4: Tuning into your emotions

Did you know that by simply labelling your emotions they reduce in intensity? This Session is all about getting to know your emotions so you can work with rather than against them.

Session 5: Soothing your fear

Grief can make us feel very jumpy and on edge – a totally exhausting state to be in. This Session provides you with practical steps to shift your mind and body from threatened to soothed.

Session 6: Managing your anger

Anger is a very common response to death – there’s a lot to be angry about. It can boil below the surface and bubble up in surprising ways. This Session guides you through the most helpful and effective ways of dealing with this.

Session 7: Dealing with numbness

It’s common to feel numb after someone close to us dies – which can feel like a confusing reaction. So in this Session we’ll figure out how best to understand and deal with this.

Session 8: Coping with sadness

Sadness can be an incredibly helpful emotion, and Julia will guide you through the fine line between engaging with your sadness and wallowing in your misery.

Session 9: Working through guilt

Guilt can be harder to spot than emotions like anger and sadness, but it’s very common during grief. We recommend four ways to help manage feelings of guilt, which Julia will guide you through in this Session.

Session 10: From futility to hopefulness

It can be incredibly hard to feel motivated during grief as life can start to feel a bit pointless. In this Session, we’ll look at how to break out of this cycle, and inject your life with activity and hope.

Part 2: Coping mechanism

Session 11: Exploring your relationship

The relationship we had with the person who died is a really important factor in how we feel during grief. So this Session’s focus is on exploring this relationship the good, the bad, and everything in between.

Session 12: Love and support

Although it can be tempting to shut ourselves away, Julia believes the single most important factor in working through grief is social support. This Session will help you receive the support you need from friends and family.

Session 13: Coping behaviours

What activities or behaviours do you engage in to help you cope with your grief? This Session will help you identify your helpful and unhelpful coping behaviours.

Session 14: Relationship with time

Grief can distort time: the future can suddenly look daunting, and we can long to return to the past. In this Session, you’ll explore how to keep your outlook short, and focus on each day and each week as they come.

Session 15: Exercise

Being physically active may be the last thing you feel like doing. But in this Session you’ll learn why exercise is so important during grief, and you’ll put a plan into action that works for you.

Session 16: Making “no” a positive

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during grief. In this Session you’ll explore the importance of saying “no”, and you’ll learn how a firm “no” makes your “yes” more powerful.

Session 17: Journaling

In this Session you’ll explore one of the most powerful tools available to you in working through your grief – journaling.

Session 18: Focusing

Focusing is another one of your pillars of strength. It’s an exercise most people find profoundly impactful. Julia will show you how to do it in this Session.

Session 19: Soothing and relaxing

It’s so important to create moments of calm and comfort during grief. In this Session Julia will help you find ways to soothe your mind and body.

Session 20: A structure of good habits

In this Session you’ll bring all your tools and strengths together to create a routine of good habits. Having a structure brings all sorts of benefits, from saving energy to feeling more in control.

Part 3: Letting light in

Session 21: New normal

In order to prepare ourselves for life beyond death, we look for ways to let happiness and sadness co-exist within us. This Session looks at how, over time, life will grow back around the shadows of our loss.

Session 22: Continuing relationships

Death ended their life, but it doesn’t end your relationship with them. In this Session you’ll focus on your continuing relationship with the person who died.

Session 23: Staying connected

By finding ways to express and externalise your relationship with the person who died, you can help yourself to adjust to the reality of their death. In this Session you will look at finding meaningful ways to stay connected with them.

Session 24: New relationship with yourself

It’s no surprise that experiencing a death changes us. This Session is about adjusting to these changes and figuring out who we want to be from now on.

Session 25: Changed relationships

In this Session you’ll explore the impact our loss has had on our relationships with our family and friends – and what we can do to strengthen the bonds we value most.

Session 26: Managing milestones

In this Session you’ll look at how to prepare for milestone days – like birthdays and anniversaries. Although they’re often difficult, they can also provide special opportunities to connect to others and to the person who’s died.

Session 27: Life grows

In this Session you will focus on the future. Julia will show you that your grief is not ‘all there is’ and that your new normal life can bring you happiness and fulfillment.

Session 28: Grief Works

It’s the final Session of Grief Works. You’ll bring together everything you’ve learnt and take a look at how far you’ve come on your journey.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Get 10% off
Grief Works programme
with Octopus Legacy

Soothe your pain and get the support you need

Ratings

"Having had professional counselling for
grief this programme is on a par if not better."

Hannah

3 Months' Support
£99.99 10% off
£89.99
30-day money back guarantee
12 Months' Support
£199.99 10% off
£179.99
BEST VALUE
30-day money back guarantee
30 Day Money Back Guarantee

We offer a 30-day money back guarantee
if you don’t find Grief Works helpful for you.