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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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Is Someone Who Cares Reading This? (Published 11/13/2012)

Q:

I'm only 17 and I'm not sure how this works, if someone who actually cares is reading this or not. But, here we go. I know there are stages of grief, and in truth I don't know what "stage" I'm in (If there really are stages of grief anyway). I'm not an open person and most of my friends don't even know about my dad's death last year. I'm thinking I might need to talk to someone because it might help me turn my life back around for the good. But I don't know if it will actually help or not. I don't think I will ever feel normal again. I watched my father die and I was the second-to-last person to talk to him. He won't see me graduate, get married or have kids. I feel trapped because I don't want to talk to my brothers or mother or friends about it.


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  • December 2014
    Seattle, WA - Dec 5-8, 2014
    Dallas, TX - Dec 5-8, 2014
    Toronto, ON, Canada - Dec 5-8, 2014
    Jacksonville, FL - Dec 5-8, 2014
    Princeton, NJ - Dec 5-8, 2014
  • January 2015
    Phoenix, AZ - Jan 16-19, 2015
    Columbus, OH - Jan 16-19, 2015
    Mexico City, D.F., Mexico - Jan 23-25, 2015
    Monterrey, N.L., Mexico - Jan 23-26, 2015
    Atlanta, GA - Jan 23-26, 2015
    Bend, OR - Jan 23-26, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA - Jan 30-Feb 2, 2015

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