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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


Featured Article

In the wake of the recent deaths of Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, this preiviously published article has good advice for all.

Today I feel compelled to write about a personal loss, that just happens to be one of the national obituaries currently featured on the home page of www.tributes.com.

Usually our articles are aimed at helping grieving people understand that their grief is the normal and natural reaction to the death of someone meaningful to them. Sometimes, our awareness of the death is very first-hand, if we were in the room when that person took his or her last breath. Sometimes, the awareness comes in a phone call from a relative or friend.

When we are somewhat removed from the immediate inner circle, our awareness often comes from an obituary in our local paper. And just today, I became aware of the death of my second cousin, Richard Ben Cramer, on Tributes.com.

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Ask John & Russell – When your hopes and dreams for the future get ripped away. (Published 10/14/2014)

Q:

My father recently died—just a month ago—and ever since I am unable to eat. I barely drink enough to stay alive. I go from sleeping 16 hrs a day to not sleeping at all. I refuse to get out of bed or even function. I don't know what to do. I met my father 5 yrs ago for the first time and ever since then we had become so ultra close. Do you have any suggestions on what I can/should do to start living life again? Cause right now, I don't see a way out of this depression.


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Laura,

Thanks for your note and question.

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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.

See Russell and John's blog at Psychology Today

Workshops & Training Schedule

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

  • October 2014
    San Diego, CA - Oct 10-13, 2014
    Albuquerque, NM - Oct 17-20, 2014
    Louisville, KY - Oct 17-20, 2014
    Regina, SK, Canada - Oct 24-27, 2014
  • November 2014
    Malmoe, Sweden - Nov 3-7, 2014
    San Francisco, CA - Nov 7-10, 2014
    Denver, CO - Nov 7-10, 2014
    Sydney, Australia - Nov 8-11, 2014
    Des Moines, IA - Nov 14-17, 2014
    Nashville, TN - Nov 14-17, 2014
    Stockholm, Sweden - Nov 17-21, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA - Nov 21-24, 2014
    Stockholm, Sweden - Nov 24-28, 2014
    Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England -
    Nov 28-Dec 1, 2014
    Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico -
    Nov 28-Dec 1. 2014

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