John James, founder of The Grief Recovery Institute

John W. James

Founder of The Grief Recovery Institute®
Co-Author of The Grief Recovery
Handbook & When Children Grieve

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Russell Friedman, Executive Director of The Grief Recovery Institute

Russell Friedman

Executive Director
Co-Author of The Grief Recovery
Handbook & When Children Grieve

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We Never Forget The Important People In Our Lives.

We recently received a note from a woman named Linda, who had a child die, and who interacts with other parents who’ve also experienced the death of a child.

In her note Linda said that one of the mothers stated, “I’m done grieving,” which provoked Linda to ask us this two-part question: “Is it ever too soon to be done with grieving?” and “Are we ever really done grieving the death of our child?”

We believe those questions and our response will shed valuable light on a very misunderstood aspect of grief and recovery.

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Ask John & Russell – The actions of recovery are different from just distracting yourself by burying yourself in work. (Published 4/22/2014)


I am 25 years old. In March, 2010, my 3 year old daughter died. Since this happened, it's like I'm forcing myself through everyday. I have become increasingly angry, and then sad—just a roller coaster of emotions. I can't look at her pictures too much because it feels like someone is stealing the air from my chest. The holidays just passed and it was awful. I work all the time just so I don't think about it, I guess, I still don't want it to be real. When I finally do break down and cry it seems to happen at bad times, like when I am at work. I just want to know how to begin to deal with this. My inability to deal with my emotions seems to be causing tension with the rest of my family, I know they understand what is going on but I know it is getting exhausting for them. What should I do?

Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Danielle,

Thanks for your note and concerns and question.

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If you or someone important to you wants help with grief: Look for a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist℠ in your community. The Grief Recovery Institute ® trains and mentors Certified Grief Recovery Specialists℠ throughout the United States & Canada.

See Russell and John's blog at Psychology Today

Workshops & Training Schedule

The Grief Recovery Institute ® offers Certification Training programs for those who wish to help grievers.

  • May 2014
    Princeton, NJ - May 2-5, 2014
    Denver, CO - May 2-5, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA - May 16-19, 2014
    New Orleans, LA - May 30-June 2, 2014

    June 2014
    Indianapolis, IN - June 6-9, 2014
    Palm Springs, CA - June 13-16, 2014
    San Francisco, CA - June 20-23, 2014
    Memphis, TN - June 20-13, 2014
    Hartford, CT - June 27-30, 2014

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