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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In the Ask John & Russell section

… we will publish their answers to selected questions submitted by our Tributes.com visitors. Recovery from grief or loss is achieved by a series of small and correct action choices made by the griever. Therefore, many of the answers will direct readers to their books, The Grief Recovery Handbook or When Children Grieve, which spell out those actions of recovery. Both books are available in most libraries, and are also available on this website and through all bookstores.


We know that your children may have difficulty with the death of someone important to them, and that you may not be sure how to guide them. Please send us your concerns-questions about your children and John & Russell will be happy to offer guidance.


Find Local Support

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.

  • May 2014
    Princeton, NJ - May 2-5, 2014
    Denver, CO - May 2-5, 2014
    Los Angeles, CA - May 16-19, 2014
    New Orleans, LA - May 30-June 2, 2014

    June 2014
    Indianapolis, IN - June 6-9, 2014
    Palm Springs, CA - June 13-16, 2014
    San Francisco, CA - June 20-23, 2014
    Memphis, TN - June 20-13, 2014
    Hartford, CT - June 27-30, 2014

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