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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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Post-Holiday, Grief-Related Blues!

Many people are rightfully concerned about the powerful impact the end-of-year Holidays can have on their friends who've recently experienced the death of someone important to them.

Logically, for many grieving people, the holidays are difficult enough, especially the first season after someone important to them has died. But many are surprised to find that the new year doesn’t automatically bring an end to the emotional pain caused by the absence.

In fact, it is after the holidays that the day-to-day reality of the now-missing person sets in, without the distraction of the mad swirl of shopping and family gatherings. It’s a time when emotions can get amped up and cause you to think that there’s something very wrong with you.

Rather than there being something wrong with you, what you may be feeling is the natural by-product of your attempt to adapt to the the very changed circumstances of your life. Learning to function the way you did before the death, while normal and healthy, is not always the smoothest and easiest transition in the world.

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Ask John & Russell – The Most Frequent Question we get is: "When will this pain end?" (Published 1-20-2015)

Q:

My dad died five years ago. I was always "daddy's girl," and my life revolved around him. Everyone says time heals...but it hasn't. It feels as if it happened yesterday. I'm hurting just as much today as I did the day he died. When will this pain end?


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Anon,

Thanks for your note and 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.

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Workshops & Training Schedule

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

  • January 2015
    Phoenix, AZ - Jan 16-19, 2015 (SOLD OUT)
    Columbus, OH - Jan 16-19, 2015
    Mexico City, D.F., Mexico - Jan 23-25, 2015
    Monterrey, N.L., Mexico - Jan 23-26, 2015
    Atlanta, GA - Jan 23-26, 2015
    Bend, OR - Jan 23-26, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA - Jan 30-Feb 2, 2015
  • February 2015
    Sydney, Australia - Feb 5-8, 2015
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Feb 6-9, 2015
    San Antonio, TX - Feb 6-9, 2015
    San Diego, CA - Feb 20-23, 2015
    Mexico City, D.F., Mexico - Feb 20-23, 2015
    Guadalajara, Jal, Mexico - Feb 20-23, 2015
    St. Louis, MO - Feb 20-23, 2015
    London, England - Feb 27-Mar 2, 2015
    Boston, MA - Feb 27-Mar 2, 2015

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