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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

Helping youself with your grief is sometimes the best way to help someone you care about. Lead by example. (Published 3/4/2014)

Q:

I have been married to my husband since he was 17 and I was16. He is in his 40s now, but he is terribly depressed. I don't know how to help him. At first, he lost his sister when she was young—age 26—very unexpectedly. Then his mother, his grandmother, his father, and now his niece. They were so close together and so unexpected that he can't handle all this. His fear now is that I am going to die, because everyone he had left in the world has died already, and there's no one left. It's so hard for him to keep a job, and hard for him to want to keep going on. How do I help him? He has suffered more losses than anyone should, too soon. Thank you for any help you can offer.


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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.

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Workshops & Training Schedule

The Grief Recovery Institute ® offers Certification Training programs for those who wish to help grievers.

    April 2017
    Indianapolis, IN - April 7-10, 2017
    Princeton, NJ - April 7-10, 2017
    Reading, Berkshire, England - April 21-24, '17
    Denver, CO - April 21-24, 2017
    Vancouver, BC, Canada - Apr 28-May 1,'17
    San Francisco, CA - Apr 28-May 1,'17
    May 2017
    Seattle, WA - May 5-8, 2017
    Dallas, TX - May 5-8, 2017
    Milwaukee, WI - May 19-22, 2017
    Torquay, Devon, England - May 19-22, '17
    Regina, SK, Canada - May 19-22,'17
    Los Angeles, CA - May 19-22, 2017

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