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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

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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Two First Ladies — No Feelings, Please!)

Preamble: On March 6, 2016, former first lady Nancy Reagan died. In honor of her life, we thought we'd show how human emotions are often distorted in the glare of political and media spotlights. As you read about two of our most famous first ladies, Nancy Reagan and Jackie Kennedy, you will see that expressing the normal and natural feelings of grief is sometimes vilified; and how suppressing those emotions is sometimes glorified. Which — if either — is correct?

Two First Ladies — No Feelings, Please! Reduced to Joy?

By Russell Friedman

"Reduced to joy?"

Wait a minute, don't you mean "reduced to tears?"

No, we mean exactly what we said. We are making a point. Many expressions swirl around the twin topics of grief and recovery. Unfortunately, most of them are not helpful when we find ourselves stuck in the middle of grieving situations.

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Ask John & Russell – One of the benefits of grief recovery is remembering the person the way we knew them in life, not only as we knew them in death. (Published 11/29/16)


You say, "Recovery means feeling better." Do you believe it's possible to recover completely from the death of a loved one, or will the wound always have the potential to be opened up again, causing painful feelings to well up, no matter how much grief work has been done and positive choices made?

Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Sally,

Great question!

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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.

    November 2016
    Reading, England - November 4-7, 2016
    San Diego, CA - November 11-14, 2016
    Nashville, TN - November 11-14, 2016
    Denver, CO - November 11-14, 2016
    Edmonton, AB, Canada - Nov 18-21, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA - November 18-21, 2016
    Princeton, NJ - November 18-21, 2016
    December 2016
    Philadelphia, PA - December 2-5, 2016
    San Francisco, CA - December 2-5, 2016
    Houston, TX - December 2-5, 2016

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