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David GroveDavid Grove, originator of Clean Language, Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge, died suddenly on January 8, 2008. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him.

David’s Last Journey

A statement from Betty Annegarn and Barbara Sayers

It is now 5 months since we travelled to Kansas City to find David and bring him home.

Our special thanks go to Rob and Brenda McGavock who attended to our every need along with Chad and Ann Milton (Brenda’s sister-in-law), who hosted us in their lovely Alhambra Street home in Prairie Village.

Steve and Karen Briggs looked after David so well and kept the memories of the sad day for us until we were able to visit with them, a heavy burden, and we are so grateful for their love and the care they extended.

The family also wish to express their sincere gratitude for the wonderful support that John Mote gave on our hikoi (journey) as he coordinated everything and made the task so much easier.

Contributions from around the world enabled the family to cover all of the costs associated with completing David’s journey. Bringing the Tupapaku (deceased) home is so important and the whanau, family and friends are so grateful to be able to have David at rest now in the local cemetery at Pyes Pa, Tauranga.

In total we received just over $23,600.00 in donations to cover all of the expenses that were incurred. This was fantastic and we can’t thank people enough for their love, their aroha.

The USA funeral costs were covered by closing an account of David’s that had been dormant for some years, supplemented by other close friends in the USA.

Other costs were international travel for Betty and Barbara ($8,000); funeral expenses in NZ ($10,000); other travel in NZ ($1000); koha ($1000); and Marae Tangi Hanga ($600).

This has left a balance of $3000 that will be used to supplement the cost of the memorial stone to be placed on David’s grave. We will keep you informed of progress on the design of this headstone and details of the unveiling day that we plan to hold on Monday 1st December 2008.

Gods richest blessing to you all.

Betty Annegarn and Barbara Sayers

Who was David Grove?

David Grove came from New Zealand, and had European and Maori ancestry. He graduated with a BSc from the University of Canterbury in 1972, then studied Business Administration for a postgraduate degree.

He was working in business when he came across NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) in 1978, and became excited by the way it looked at the structure of experience. Initially, he was planning business applications.

Then on one occasion he went along to an NLP business workshop to find it cancelled because not enough people had turned up. The organisers persuaded him to join another group, and David became interested in phobias and trauma.

He went on to work with NLP’s founders and to develop skills in Ericksonian hypnosis before walking away from NLP in 1981, during some of its darker days.

In 1983, he completed a graduate degree in Counselling Psychotherapy at the State University of Minnesota and began developing his unique style of therapy. He focussed his attention on resolving traumatic memories: memories of childhood abuse or, in the case of Vietnam veterans, war.

He went on to work with over 40,000 people in workshops and healing retreats in the USA, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK, including at a retreat centre in Cumbria.

He felt it was important to honour and respect a person’s metaphors, and that the therapist’s role was to promote self-healing by facilitating a metaphorical journey. He devised a set of questions designed to interfere with this process as little as possible, which developed into a “natural language of trance”, Clean Language.

These aspects of his work were modelled and documented by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley in their book Metaphors in Mind.

Most recently David moved his focus to an exploration of the therapeutic effects of space, known as Clean Space, and became interested in the science of emergence and how its insights can be applied in therapeutic contexts. He was working on this with a number of leading NLP figures, particularly in the UK.

He died suddenly of a heart attack on January 8, 2008, aged 57.

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