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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


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Dealing with the absence of a final communication when there has been a sudden death. (Published 05/05/2015)

Q:

My best friend and soul mate died unexpectedly just this past April. I knew him for 9 years and we spent every day together we had a lot of great times together, and because of this he was the person I felt closest to in my life. Now all of it has come to an end, out of the blue, and it all feels so strange and shallow. Every day I have empty, hurt feelings about his death, and feel that I have no closure with him. I don't know how to deal and cope with the empty, hurt, shallow, and strange feelings I have about losing the person I felt closest to in my life. Please help me. It’s been almost 2 months since he died and I still feel like this.


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    April 2017
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