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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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“…And I Forgive You So I Can Be Free”—a phrase can save your emotional life. (Published 5-15-2012)


My husband of 20 years died unexpectedly 10 weeks ago today. He was only 45, the love of my life and my best friend. He was due to be released from the hospital and something happened. There was an inaccurate reading of his tests and his fatal condition was overlooked and he died the next day. It's difficult enough just losing him. Me and our son are having a terrible time coping with the loss and the anger from this "mistake" that led to his death. What do we do to get past the anger? We grieve and then we're hurt and angry... it's an emotional roller coaster. Why do I still feel in the back of my mind that I can have someone "fix it"? To call it an error or mistake is offensive to me. You can fix errors and mistakes usually. I'm an adult and can't filter all these emotions, so I'm extremely worried about my 14 year old son.

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Workshops & Training Schedule

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

    July 2016
    Manchester, England, UK - July 8-11, 2016
    Oklahoma City, OK - July 8-11, 2016
    Hartford, CT - July 8-11, 2016
    Melbourne, VIC, Australia - July 14-17, 2016
    Atlanta, GA - July 15-18, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ - July 15-18, 2016
    Auckland, New Zealand - July 21-24, 2016
    Chicago, IL - July 22-25, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA - July 22-25, 2016
    August 2016
    New York, NY - August 5-8, 2016
    Tampa, FL - August 12-15, 2016
    Austin, TX - August 12-15, 2016
    Spokane, WA - August 19-22, 2016
    Wilmington, DE - August 19-22, 2016
    Moncton, NB, Canada - August 26-29, 2016
    Detroit, MI - August 26-29, 2016

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