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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Grief Is Exhausting! (Published 1/25/2011)

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Stephanie, a Tributes.com visitor from NC writes: “My sister lost her husband back in July. I have been staying with her every weekend since it happened. She is all alone in her house with their dogs. She never stops cleaning or taking care of the animals. She never relaxes. She stays busy, doesn’t sleep very well. How can I get her to take time out for herself? She is so lost without him. He did EVERYTHING for her. And I do mean everything. He cooked, cleaned took care of the bills...I mean everything. What can I do?? I have gone over early and cleaned for her so she would not have to but she will not relax. Does she need more time? I know it’s only been 4 months, but I am very worried about her and her mental state. I talk to her every day. But what can I say to help?”


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