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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

Russell Friedman, Executive Director of The Grief Recovery Institute

Russell Friedman

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


Featured Article

Uh-oh, it’s that time again. Grief and the holidays


Many Grievers Wish They Could Skip The Holidays And Jump From Late October To Mid-January

The holidays are approaching. A joyous time. A festive time. A time when families and friends celebrate the passage of another year and the coming of a new year.

But not everyone will feel like celebrating.

Adapting to the absence of someone important in your life is difficult enough. But the first holiday season, with its constant reminders of family, coupled with holiday joy and tradition, can be especially painful. At the Grief Recovery Institute we've talked with thousands of people who've told us they wished they could jump from late October right to mid-January.

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Ask John & Russell – One of the benefits of grief recovery is remembering the person the way we knew them in life, not only as we knew them in death. (Published 11/29/16)

Q:

You say, "Recovery means feeling better." Do you believe it's possible to recover completely from the death of a loved one, or will the wound always have the potential to be opened up again, causing painful feelings to well up, no matter how much grief work has been done and positive choices made?


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Sally,

Great 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.

    January 2017
    Columbus, OH - January 20-23, 2017
    Atlanta, GA - January 20-23, 2017
    Telford, Shropshire, ENG - Jan 23-26, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA - January 27-30, 2017
    Phoenix, AZ - January 27-30, 2017
    February 2017
    Richmond, VA - February 3-6, 2017
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL - February 10-13, 2017
    Huntingdon, Cambs, ENG - Feb 24-27, 2017
    Toronto, ON, Canada - February 24-27, 2017
    San Antonio, TX - February 24-27, 2017

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