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John W. James

Founder of The Grief Recovery Institute®
Co-Author of The Grief Recovery
Handbook & When Children Grieve

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It's important to focus on the primary grief about the person who died, not on the surrounding circumstances. (Published 2/3/2015)


How can I move on from my mother's death? We were so close and her rights were terribly violated. Fifteen hours after she told her doctor and the nursing home administrator that she wanted to go home, she was dead. I was her daughter, advocate, and proxy, but I was never notified that she was found unresponsive and being rushed by ambulance; and I was lied to about discharge dates and wasn’t told that she was put on hospice care "due to her overall decline in condition," and "to maintain her dignity through the dying process." I am a tortured soul and so lost without my dear mother. I’ve wanted to take my life every day, yet I am a mother of 3, and can’t do that to them. Please give me some advice. I have tried to get a lawyer as that is how my state left it with me, but they say it would take thousands of dollars. I NEVER thought she was NOT coming home.

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