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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Being "Stuck On a Painful Image" keeps us Stuck in the Grief (Published 12-13-11)

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My Husband passed away just last year, I tried with all my might to breathe air into his asthmatic lungs. I watched as he choked and looked up and rolled his eyes. I tried and tried and could not revive him! Now I have that image in my head of his struggling for air. Over and over it plays. I find it hard to breathe now some nine months later. I also lost my step father and father-in-law all within several months of my husband's death. The grief is so heavy. I find it hard to get past everything! It all haunts me daily.I don't know what I should do. I have kept all my daily routines, working still, but nothing helps me with the heavy grief, crying, and the image of his not being able to breath.


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  • December 2013
    Houston, TX - December 6 - 9, 2013
    Louisville, KY - December 6 - 9, 2013
    Tampa, FL - December 6 - 9, 2013
    Toronto, ON - December 6 - 9, 2013
    January 2014
    Phoenix, AZ - January 17 - 20, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA - January 24 - 27, 2014
    Vancouver, BC - January 24 - 27, 2014
    Columbus, OH - January 24 - 27, 2014

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