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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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Time Doesn't Heal - Actions Do

I have heard that it takes two years to get over the death of a loved one, five years to get over the death of a parent, and you never get over the death of a child. Is this true?

It is impossible to answer that question without first debunking the phrase "get over."

You will never your child who died, nor would you forget a parent who died, or a spouse, a sibling, or anyone else with whom you had a meaningful relationship. Another problem is the arbitrary determination of time periods for grief corresponding to your relationship with the person who died.

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Ask John & Russell – It's sad when those we love are no longer here. It's even sadder when we don't talk about them.

Q:

My Mom died in July, and now Christmas is here. This holiday season has been really hard for me. I didn't even put up a Christmas tree. Mom was always baking this time of year, and I would go over and talk with her all the time. I miss her so much. I've been crying a lot, especially today. How do I get through this holiday? Thank you so much.


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Trish,

Thanks for your note and question.

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Workshops & Training Schedule

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

    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
    Detroit, MI - August 26-29, 2016
    September 2016
    Ft. Collins, CO - September 16-19, 2016
    Billings, MT - September 16-19, 2016
    Cleveland, OH - September 16-19, 2016
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada - Sept 23-26, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA - September 23-26, 2016
    Torquay, England - September 23-26, 2016

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