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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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Deaths of Celine Dion’s Husband and Brother Open Questions on Grief

The recent death of Celine Dion’s husband, followed a few days later by the death of her brother, opens questions about how grievers cope.

By Russell Friedman –

Sadly, one of the more frequent inquiries we get is from people who are hit with multiple, successive deaths of people who are important to them.

The situation with more than one major loss, only days apart, is very much in the news, as we are all now aware that Celine Dion’s bother died just two days after her husband died. Most of us have a difficult time imaging what it must be like for someone—famous or not—to be hit by two such major losses, back to back.

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Ask John & Russell – We need a permanent, re-locatable place to visit to remember important people in our lives who have died. (Published 2/2/2016)


My 48 year-old sister died unexpectedly six months ago. There was no funeral, no memorial, just a quick cremation. I have no real place to go and put flowers or view a resting place. I am so lost. What can I do??

Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Shirley,

Thanks for your note and question.

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

    February 2016
    Richmond, VA - Feb 19-22, 2016
    Las Vegas, NV - Feb 26-29, 2016
    Toronto, ON, Canada - Feb 26-29, 2016
    San Antonio, TX - Feb 26-29, 2016
    Santa Ana, CA - Feb 26-29, 2016
    Leeds, England, UK - Feb 26-29, 2016

    March 2016
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Mar 4-7, 2016
    Omaha, NE - Mar 4-7, 2016
    Sacramento, CA - Mar 11-14, 2016
    New York, NY - Mar 11-14, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA - Mar 18-21, 2016
    Calgary, AB, Canada - Mar 18-21, 2016
    Baton Rouge, LA - Mar 18-21, 2016

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