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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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We Never Forget The Important People In Our Lives.

We recently received a note from a woman named Linda, who had a child die, and who interacts with other parents who’ve also experienced the death of a child.

In her note Linda said that one of the mothers stated, “I’m done grieving,” which provoked Linda to ask us this two-part question: “Is it ever too soon to be done with grieving?” and “Are we ever really done grieving the death of our child?”

We believe those questions and our response will shed valuable light on a very misunderstood aspect of grief and recovery.

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Ask John & Russell – How to help very young children who don't understand the permanence of death. (Published 8/25/2015)


My brother died two months ago, leaving behind three small children, ages 10, 5, and 3. The little one keeps asking us when her daddy is going to wake up, and why she can’t go see him in heaven. What should we tell her that can help her to have a better understanding, or is there anything that we can say to help her to understand?

Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Dana,

Thanks for your note and questions.

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Find Local Support

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.

    August  2015
    New York, NY - Aug 7-10, 2015
    Perth, WA, Australia - Aug 13-16, 2015
    Bend, OR - Aug 14-17, 2015
    Pittsburgh, PA - Aug 21-24, 2015
    Monterrey, N.L, Mexico - Aug 28-31, 2015

    September 2015
    Melbourne, VIC, Australia - Sept 3-6, 2015
    Des Moines, IA - Sept 11-14, 2015
    Gatwick, England - Sept 18-21, 2015
    Detroit, MI - Sept 18-21, 2015
    Houston, TX - Sept 18-21, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA - Sept 25-28, 2015
    Thunder Bay, ON, Canada - Sept 25-28, 2015
    Mexico City, D.F., Mexico - Sept 25-28, 2015
    Atlanta, GA - Sept 25-28, 2015

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