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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Many people struggle with their feelings about God following the death of someone important to them (Published 11-15-11)

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My mother had Alzheimer’s for 15 yrs-she died recently from alleged complications from pneumonia. She was in the hospital for 5 weeks. I think she died from medical error Her death was horrific She suffered her last 2 weeks there. I prayed and begged God to take her and not let her suffer anymore. I am very disappointed/angry with god. 15 yrs of Alzheimer’s and then 5 weeks of pain and suffering at the end of her life. I can accept her death but not the way she died. God's plan for each of us is unknown to us, but what does the bible say about suffering? She had not enjoyed life as we know it for over 15 yrs. She never complained. I feel like she should not have suffered anymore She had served her time. I realize that you cannot explain God's ways, but can you help me move on? I'd like to go back to church with a clean healthy spirit.


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