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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


Ask John & Russell

The impact of the death of a former spouse - often confusing and overwhelming! (Published 9-27-11)

Q:

I have just discovered my ex husband has died. Although he was my ex I still feel as if a huge part of my life has died with him. No one bothered to tell me, or his child that he was even ill. I can't stop thinking about him and wishing I could have at least spoken a few last words to him. I hide my grief from my husband. He has no idea how I feel and would not understand as he is very jealous man. I am confused and don't know how to cope with this. When I'm on my own I watch his tribute video and cry with regret. This can't be healthy but I feel so hopeless I don't know what else to do.


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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 2017
    Columbus, OH - January 20-23, 2017
    Atlanta, GA - January 20-23, 2017
    Telford, Shropshire, ENG - Jan 23-26, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA - January 27-30, 2017
    Phoenix, AZ - January 27-30, 2017
    February 2017
    Richmond, VA - February 3-6, 2017
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL - February 10-13, 2017
    Huntingdon, Cambs, ENG - Feb 24-27, 2017
    Toronto, ON, Canada - February 24-27, 2017
    San Antonio, TX - February 24-27, 2017

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