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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

Grieving people sometimes don't ask for help, and if it's offered, they won’t always take advantage of it. (Published 6-12-2012)


Hi, I was wondering if you could help me. My brother died 8-13-2010. He was 33, I am 32. We were real close. He still lived at home with my mom. He died there with her from a drug overdose. We're having a hard time dealing with this, but my mother's not doing well at all. I don’t know if it's possible to grieve yourself to death, but if it is, she’s well on her way. I was wondering if you  had any advice or could help in anyway. Thank you and hope to be hearing from you soon. Thanks again.

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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.

    October 2016
    Atlanta, GA -October 7-10, 2016
    Bend, OR - October 7-10, 2016
    Rochester, NY - October 7-10, 2016
    Toronto, ON, Canada - October 14-17, 2016
    Scottsdale, AZ - October 14-17, 2016
    Sydney, NSW, Australia - October 15-18, 2016
    Kansas City, KS - October 28-31, 2016
    November 2016
    Reading, England - November 4-7, 2016
    San Diego, CA - November 11-14, 2016
    Nashville, TN - November 11-14, 2016
    Denver, CO - November 11-14, 2016
    Edmonton, AB, Canada - Nov 18-21, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA - November 18-21, 2016
    Princeton, NJ - November 18-21, 2016

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