Grief Recovery Method Group Being Offered Beginning in March

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The Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office is offering a grief support group to the community beginning March 5.

Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced The Grief Recovery Method group, which will strive to provide emotional support for adults who have lost loved ones through violent crimes. Rita Carr-Volpe and Lorena Diaz, who are both grief recovery specialists, will be facilitating the group. 

Vineland has struggled with gang violence and other violent crimes in the past, and this year the community is trying to bring awareness to the situation.

“This is the first time that we have facilitated such a group,” said Webb-McRae in the Prosecutor's Office press release.

“We understand the need to assist those suffering from grief associated with violence (in ways beyond seeking justice in a courtroom) and are excited to expand our services to do so.”

The Grief Recovery Method group was founded in the 1980s and now shares techniques on dealing with grief all across America. They also have partners in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Australia and Mexico.

According to The Grief Recovery Method group’s flyers, they hope to disprove the myths and assumptions about grief and loss. Some of these myths include time healing all wounds, being strong for others and burying feelings.

They want people who have experienced loss to know they are not alone and that the feelings they are facing are natural and normal.

The group has two different eight-week programs being offered. The first one will begin March 5 and will meet every Tuesday night until April 30. The other will start March 6 and will meet every Wednesday until May 1. Meetings are from 6pm-8pm.  

For additional information and questions, or to register for one of the eight-week programs, contact Lorena Diaz at (856)-453-0486, ext 11162 or email her at

For more on the Grief Recovery Method group, visit their site at


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