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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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Your Broken Heart Talking! (Published 6-07-11)


Kimberly from Ohio writes:

I lost my husband of only 18 months, almost a year ago now. We were high school sweethearts. My question is in two parts. First when does the feeling of—it just feels like they are away like they are going to be right back, like even though you went through the funeral process you still have the feeling they will be right back—does this feeling ever leave?

Second part of the question: My kids are really starting to ask if I am going to move on to another relationship? I don't understand the length of the grieving cycle, the different stages per se. I don't want to continue on with someone else until I am for sure I am completely—as well as can be at least in this situation—ready emotionally and mentally. What is a normal time frame for the normal widow to grieve?

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    October 2016
    Atlanta, GA -October 7-10, 2016
    Bend, OR - October 7-10, 2016
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    Toronto, ON, Canada - October 14-17, 2016
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    November 2016
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