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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


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Death of a former spouse from whom we’re divorced can be devastating. (Published 7/12/2016)

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My spouse of 25 years died six months ago on his 44th birthday. We'd been divorced for just less than a year when he died. We have 4 children, 2 grown, 2 teens. Even though we were divorced, it has devastated me. With the upcoming first holidays approaching, without him here, my kids wanted me to go to his grandparents' with them. Now, they have said I'm not welcome. And I have no parents. This breaks my heart. They were the only family I've known since losing my mother when I was 27. I am so sad, I don't know what to do.


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    February 2017
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