Dr. Marsha Davis Chism, Founder


Grief Recovery Specialist


The HOLISTIC concept of grief recovery

AMK Grief Recovery Care is a grief recovery program that embraces the concept of holistic grief recovery; addressing the spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical scars that often remain after grief strikes. AMK will help anyone needing to begin their healing process and move beyond grief to a more enriched quality of life.

Therefore if you have experienced one or more losses, and you wish to move beyond the pain, AMK Grief Recovery Care provides grief recovery methods to begin your healing process. Marsha is available to conduct group sessions, pastoral care (grief support) training, speaking engagements, and focus group facilitation. Grief recovery methods address old beliefs about dealing with loss; how loss affects life decisions, and how to take new action steps leading to healing from the pain of current and past losses.

Grief can be a new beginning


Grief has another side. Every ending contains within itself the seeds of a new beginning. Grief does not have to hold you in its grip; you can move through it. However, you must take an active role in moving through your grief. If you want healing to happen, you must take charge and consciously begin to build a new life for yourself.

(Zonnebelt-Smeenge and De Vries, 2008)


Grief is over when


Sadness diminishes.

Connection is made to the life of the Deceased, and not the death.

Spiritual Reality is comprehended.

The survivor has a story to tell.

The grief experience is valued by the survivor.

Thoughts are concentrated on the future rather than the past.


(Dr. Brenda Wall, Ph.D. 2011)



Society’s Ideas of Grief:

  • Grief is not normal
  • Grief is not natural
  • Grief is managed intellectually
  • Grief is not helpful
  • Grief is “Letting Go” & “Moving On”

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  • Time heals all wounds.
  • Grieve alone.
  • Be strong.
  • Don’t feel bad.
  • Keep busy.

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  • Recognize the loss
  • Manage your grief
  • Address emotional stress
  • Have a support system:
    • Spiritual Being
    • Person with whom you can be transparent
    • Person who can execute your business & personal affairs
    • Prayer partner

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