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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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Is Someone Who Cares Reading This? (Published 11/13/2012)


I'm only 17 and I'm not sure how this works, if someone who actually cares is reading this or not. But, here we go. I know there are stages of grief, and in truth I don't know what "stage" I'm in (If there really are stages of grief anyway). I'm not an open person and most of my friends don't even know about my dad's death last year. I'm thinking I might need to talk to someone because it might help me turn my life back around for the good. But I don't know if it will actually help or not. I don't think I will ever feel normal again. I watched my father die and I was the second-to-last person to talk to him. He won't see me graduate, get married or have kids. I feel trapped because I don't want to talk to my brothers or mother or friends about it.

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    October 2015
    Wilmington, DE - Oct 2-5, 2015
    Portland, OR - Oct 2-5, 2015
    Hobart, Tasmania, Australia - Oct 8-11, 2015
    San Diego, CA - Oct 16-19, 2015
    Louisville, KY - Oct 16-19, 2015
    Guadalajara, Jal, Mexico - Oct 22-25, 2015
    Edmonton, AB, Canada - Oct 23-26, 2015
    Denver, CO - Oct 23-26, 2015

    November 2015
    Chicago, IL - Nov 6-9, 2015
    Sydney, Australia - Nov 12-15, 2015
    Nashville, TN - Nov 13-16, 2015
    San Francisco, CA - Nov 13-16, 2015
    Reading, England - Nov 20-23, 2015
    Monterrey, N.L., Mexico - Nov 27-39, 2015

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