Grief counselor combines therapy with massage.

Wraquel Spencer Brown decided to become a grief counselor when her mother unexpectedly died and she got little support from Human Resources at her job.

“Grief is not a mental health issue, it’s a broken heart issue,” said Brown, a certified grief and loss specialist

“You are not mentally ill because your heart is broken. You may feel mentally ill because your brain is trying to process and figure out what’s happening. Grief is a normal reaction to a loss and we all have losses.

“I was off on FMLA and I went to see my resource person at work because I was looking for support, but she just looked at me and said ‘If you love your job the way you say you do, you’ll be here more.’ That just shattered me. Even my coworkers were saying hurtful comments about my absence when I had just lost the most precious thing in my life.”

Counselor Wraquel Spencer Brown is a guru of grief recovery at Anderson’s Beauty Bar and Spa.
Feb. 8, 2022

Brown said even the smallest decisions in her life became overwhelming. She was unable to do the simplest tasks even though she was in psychotherapy.

One day she was Googling and came across an article on grief that hit home.

“I found these articles and thought ‘that’s me!’ I told my therapist that I think I am actually grieving and he said he wasn’t qualified for grief counseling.

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