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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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“…And I Forgive You So I Can Be Free”—a phrase can save your emotional life. (Published 5-15-2012)


My husband of 20 years died unexpectedly 10 weeks ago today. He was only 45, the love of my life and my best friend. He was due to be released from the hospital and something happened. There was an inaccurate reading of his tests and his fatal condition was overlooked and he died the next day. It's difficult enough just losing him. Me and our son are having a terrible time coping with the loss and the anger from this "mistake" that led to his death. What do we do to get past the anger? We grieve and then we're hurt and angry... it's an emotional roller coaster. Why do I still feel in the back of my mind that I can have someone "fix it"? To call it an error or mistake is offensive to me. You can fix errors and mistakes usually. I'm an adult and can't filter all these emotions, so I'm extremely worried about my 14 year old son.

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

    June 2015
    Birmingham, AL - June 5-8, 2015
    Adelaide, SA, Australia - June 11-14, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN - June 12-15, 2015
    Sacramento, CA - June 12-15, 2015
    Toronto, ON, Canada - June 26-29, 2015
    Guadalajara, Jal, Mexico -June 26-29, 2015
    Dallas, TX - June 26-29, 2015
  • July 2015
    Hartford, CT - July 10-13, 2015
    Seattle, WA - July 10-13, 2015
    Aukland, New Zealand - July 16-19, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ - July 17-20, 2015
    Cleveland, OH - July 24-27, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA - July 24-27, 2015
    Moncton, NB, Canada - July 24-27, 2015
    Saltillo, Coah, Mexico - July 24-27, 2015

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