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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


Featured Article

In the wake of the recent deaths of Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, this preiviously published article has good advice for all.

Today I feel compelled to write about a personal loss, that just happens to be one of the national obituaries currently featured on the home page of www.tributes.com.

Usually our articles are aimed at helping grieving people understand that their grief is the normal and natural reaction to the death of someone meaningful to them. Sometimes, our awareness of the death is very first-hand, if we were in the room when that person took his or her last breath. Sometimes, the awareness comes in a phone call from a relative or friend.

When we are somewhat removed from the immediate inner circle, our awareness often comes from an obituary in our local paper. And just today, I became aware of the death of my second cousin, Richard Ben Cramer, on Tributes.com.

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Ask John & Russell – The death of someone important to us robs the possiblity of repairing damaged relationships, but we can still become emotionally complete. (Published 9/16/2014)

Q:

My mom died in December, 2010. She was my only relative. I was not a good daughter, and I have an incredible amount of regrets, sorrows, heartache and baggage about how I treated her. I cry every day. I cannot drive near an ambulance, or go into a hospital, let alone the one she died in. I deserve to be an empty shell and wallow in regrets, but when can I start to heal? How much longer will the pain, despair and sorrow last? How much longer will I hate myself?


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Gail,

Thanks for your note and questions.

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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.

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