the  institute  for  grief  massage inc.





my story:

The sudden deaths of my brother in 2005, and my mother in 2009, were deep wounds. Living with grief and being truly heartbroken coincided with my initiation into the healing art of massage therapy.  I created the Grief Massage modality (and a signature sequence called Safe and Gentle Grief Massage℠) as part of my own healing process.

Here’s a Bit More About Us

The Institute for Grief Massage Inc. was founded by Aimee Joy Taylor, a licensed massage therapist who experienced two devastating losses of close loved ones.

About Us

We know that grieving can hurt on a body-level. For example, it can be difficult to sleep, hard to get up in the morning, nearly impossible to face the stresses of daily life, and there is rarely energy left for taking good physical care of ourselves. Physical support through grief is needed.​​ The Institute for Grief Massage Inc. focuses on the physical need for touch and relaxation in early grief. We want you to experience safe, gentle supportive care. We have been here at since 2010. Read an article about the birth of this website here.

My vision of Grief Massage is rooted in training my hands and my heart to show up without the need to fix anything.

I believe that grieving is sacred. It is not my calling to try to erase or repair the grief of any person. Rather, I feel called to create a warm and sacred space - a nest - for grieving people to find rest and restorative care.

Grieving can wear down the physical body - grieving is hard work! My calling is to anoint grieving bodies with an honoring and soothing massage therapy session. I believe in creating healing spaces of gentle touch, safety and respect.

Grief Massage sessions can provide a physical sense of being supported and companioned. A Grief Massage session can be something to "look forward to" in the early weeks and months after a loved one dies.

Meet Our Staff

aimee joy taylor
Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist

LMBT NC 7632

​Founder of The Institute for Grief Massage Inc.