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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

Russell Friedman, Executive Director of The Grief Recovery Institute

Russell Friedman

Executive Director
Co-Author of The Grief Recovery
Handbook & When Children Grieve


Ask John & Russell

Sometimes the best way to help someone you love, is to help yourself. (Published 4/16/2013)

Q:

My Mom died about a month ago. She was my best friend and I miss her horribly. I seem to be dealing with it. I cry in the middle of the night sometimes, but I'm able to go on with my daily life. I'm worried about my Dad however. They were married 60 years and he's lost without her. He seems to go on with the daily mechanics of life, eating, bathing etc., but he's just a shell of himself and is starting to pull away from me and my children. If he comes over he doesn't stay long and if we go over there it's like he wants to rush us out. I've asked him about going to grief therapy but he refuses. He says he has to do it by himself. I'm afraid he will just retreat into himself and not want anyone around. He's just so sad and broken. What can I do to help him?


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    April 2017
    Indianapolis, IN - April 7-10, 2017
    Princeton, NJ - April 7-10, 2017
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