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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

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Uh-oh, it’s that time again. Grief and the holidays

Many Grievers Wish They Could Skip The Holidays And Jump From Late October To Mid-January

The holidays are approaching. A joyous time. A festive time. A time when families and friends celebrate the passage of another year and the coming of a new year.

But not everyone will feel like celebrating.

Adapting to the absence of someone important in your life is difficult enough. But the first holiday season, with its constant reminders of family, coupled with holiday joy and tradition, can be especially painful. At the Grief Recovery Institute we've talked with thousands of people who've told us they wished they could jump from late October right to mid-January.

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Ask John & Russell – Sad as it may be, you can't help someone who doesn't want help. (Published 12/06/16)


My daughter died two years ago from complications of diabetes and kidney failure. She was 27 years old. I miss her every single day, but I've been able to go on. She was so sick, had begun to have amputations, and she was not going to get any better. She was partially blind, wheelchair bound, and doing dialysis three times a week. She died peacefully in her sleep. My concern lies with my husband, who refuses to move on. The diabetic history is on his side of the family. His brother died much the same way our daughter did. My husband has diabetes also. He's drinking and says he can't get past her death. He can't wait until he can join her. He cries for her daily and is so wracked with guilt and grief he can hardly function. Then add alcohol to the mix. I firmly believe that if his life insurance would pay for suicide, he would be dead. I want to help him but don't know how. He is such a private person; he will not talk to anyone else about this.

Russell Friedman Replies:

.Dear Anon,

Thanks for your note.

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Workshops & Training Schedule

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

    January 2017
    Columbus, OH - January 20-23, 2017
    Atlanta, GA - January 20-23, 2017
    Telford, Shropshire, ENG - Jan 23-26, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA - January 27-30, 2017
    Phoenix, AZ - January 27-30, 2017
    February 2017
    Richmond, VA - February 3-6, 2017
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL - February 10-13, 2017
    Huntingdon, Cambs, ENG - Feb 24-27, 2017
    Toronto, ON, Canada - February 24-27, 2017
    San Antonio, TX - February 24-27, 2017

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