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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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In the Ask John & Russell section

… we will publish their answers to selected questions submitted by our Tributes.com visitors. Recovery from grief or loss is achieved by a series of small and correct action choices made by the griever. Therefore, many of the answers will direct readers to their books, The Grief Recovery Handbook or When Children Grieve, which spell out those actions of recovery. Both books are available in most libraries, and are also available on this website and through all bookstores.


We know that your children may have difficulty with the death of someone important to them, and that you may not be sure how to guide them. Please send us your concerns-questions about your children and John & Russell will be happy to offer guidance.


Find Local Support

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.

  • July 2014
    Atlanta, GA - July 11-14, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ - July 18-21, 2014
    Chicago, IL - July 18-21, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA - July 25-28, 2014
    Toronto, ON - July 25-28, 2014
  • August 2014
    Omaha, NE - Aug 8-11, 2014
    Singapore - Aug 11-14, 2014
    New York, NY - Aug 15-18, 2014
    Houston, TX - Aug 22-25, 2014
    Tampa, FL - Aug 22-25, 2014

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