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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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Grieving people need and want an opportunity to talk about ‘what happened’ and about their relationship with the person it happened to. (Published 12/17/2013)


The ex-wife of a close friend of mine died away last week. He told me just before she died that he still loved her and was having regrets over their failed relationship. He just returned from the out-of-state funeral and I expect he will be calling me in the near future. We are just good friends who enjoy our weekly teas and our discussions about History. My question is this: when he does call what should I say? Should I mention the situation or just ignore it? I'm at a loss for words. I definitely am resolved not to call him because I don't know his state of mind at this time, Before he left, he was very upset.

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