B03 - The Art of Grieving Well
We all need to learn how to grieve well. Loss and grief are part and parcel of life—and yet, so much of what we have been told or taught about grief does not serve us well.
The Bible is full of references to grieving, mourning and wailing; but deep down, most of us believe grief is incompatible with faith in God. As such, we urge people around us to “be strong” and “get over it”, mainly because we
are uncomfortable with grief, and tend to be awkward around people who grieve.
Simply put, we don’t know how to grieve, and don’t know how to support those who grieve. Come uncover the misconceptions about grief, and learn new life-giving insights about life, loss and grief.
Joan Swee and Gracie Mak
Joan Swee, founder and director of Whispering Hope Singapore, has a unique perspective on grief recovery. Having lost her husband to cancer when she was 35, and left to raise their two young sons on her own, she has walked the
long and lonely road of grief—and yet embodies a joy that transcends her losses. Two years into widowhood, Joan co-founded a voluntary welfare organisation in Singapore that focuses on supporting the bereaved. She served on the
management board for 20 years and counselled widows of all ages, ranging from age 20 to 70—while establishing a career as a corporate trainer.
In 2017, she founded Whispering Hope Singapore, with the aim of helping Singaporeans learn to recover from grief and bounce back from life’s losses. It is the only consultancy in Singapore specialising in the
internationally-recognised Grief Recovery Method®.Joan holds a Master of Social Science in Professional Counseling. She is a certified life coach with Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, USA, and a certified grief recovery
specialist with the Grief Recovery Institute.
Gracie Mak, co-founder and director of Whispering Hope Singapore, has worked with many corporate leaders and clients over the years when she was the CEO of a medical centre in Singapore, and the business development director of
an international five-star hotel.
As a lay pastor of New Life Community Church, Gracie has also worked extensively with young adults and families, and found that many were not able to bounce back from setbacks and tragedies in life. Her quest for a more
effective way to help people in such predicaments led her to the Grief Recovery Method®.
Today, at Whispering Hope, she works energetically with passion and conviction to help people process their grief, and bounce back from life’s losses. It is her joy to witness individuals, families and organisations thrive and
succeed, turning life’s losses into gain. Gracie holds a Master’s degree in Organisation & Leadership, focused on Organisational Development Consulting. She is a certified life coach with Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, USA,
and a certified grief recovery specialist with the Grief Recovery Institute.