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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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The warm and fuzzies that never happened. (Published 2/28/2011)

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My mother recently passed away at the age of 94 and the Christmas holidays were extremely difficult. Even though my mother lived a long life, we didn't get along too well during my younger days and there was much resentment. Now I feel guilty but devastated that I still bear hard feelings, yet am so sad that my mother is gone and we never became loving mother and daughter. How can I overcome the sadness and the guilt?


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The Grief Recovery Institute ® offers Certification Training programs for those who wish to help grievers.

    May 2015
    Los Angeles, CA - May 15-18, 2015
    Indianapolis, IN - May 15-18, 2015
    Leeds, UK - May 15-18, 2015
    Brisbane, QLD, Australia - May 21-24, 2015
    Mexico City, DF, Mexico -May 29-June 1,'15
    Vancouver, BC, Canada - May 29-June 1,'15
  • June 2015
    Birmingham, AL - June 5-8, 2015
    Adelaide, SA, Australia - June 11-14, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN - June 12-15, 2015
    Sacramento, CA - June 12-15, 2015
    Toronto, ON, Canada - June 26-29, 2015
    Guadalajara, Jal, Mexico -June 26-29, 2015
    Dallas, TX - June 26-29, 2015

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