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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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We have hope for you because in spite of your obvious pain and pessimistic view of the future, you have nonetheless reached out for help. (Published 2/19/2013)

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I buried my only child four years ago. He was in his early 20's. I feel so alone and cry for him every single day. I'm married and love my husband very much. He's the reason I did not take my own life. I find this world a mean and ugly place without my son in it. I will never have grandchildren or a daughter in law. I am a Buddhist and have no belief in god to fall back on. I believe that my son awaits me and I am wasting my unwanted life here. I have tried grief counseling and can find no solution in this life. Can you tell me if I will ever start to feel good again or take a interest in anything in this life?


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Workshops & Training Schedule

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

  • September 2014
    Billings, MT - Sept 5-8, 2014
    Portland, OR - Sept 12-15, 2014
    Cleveland, OH - Sept 19-22, 2014
    Moncton, NB, Canada - Sept 26-29, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA - Sept 26-29, 2014
    Wilmington, DE Sept 26-29, 2014
  • October 2014
    San Diego, CA - Oct 10-13, 2014
    Albuquerque, NM - Oct 17-20, 2014
    Louisville, KY - Oct 17-20, 2014
    Regina, SK, Canada - Oct 24-27, 2014

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