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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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Time Doesn't Heal - Actions Do

I have heard that it takes two years to get over the death of a loved one, five years to get over the death of a parent, and you never get over the death of a child. Is this true?

It is impossible to answer that question without first debunking the phrase "get over."

You will never your child who died, nor would you forget a parent who died, or a spouse, a sibling, or anyone else with whom you had a meaningful relationship. Another problem is the arbitrary determination of time periods for grief corresponding to your relationship with the person who died.

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Ask John & Russell – Sometimes unresolved grief can look like competition or comparison.

Q:

I was wondering. It has been nearly two years since my husband died. I have remarried, but I still struggle with grief. My new husband looked at me the other day and said, "I'm not Alex, and never will be." Up until that point, I never realized there was competition or that I was comparing. I had a happy marriage for 15 years and love my new husband very much. How do we move past this?


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Joanna,

Thanks for your note and poignant question.

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Workshops & Training Schedule

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

    August 2016
    New York, NY - August 5-8, 2016
    Tampa, FL - August 12-15, 2016
    Austin, TX - August 12-15, 2016
    Spokane, WA - August 19-22, 2016
    Wilmington, DE - August 19-22, 2016
    Detroit, MI - August 26-29, 2016
    September 2016
    Ft. Collins, CO - September 16-19, 2016
    Billings, MT - September 16-19, 2016
    Cleveland, OH - September 16-19, 2016
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada - Sept 23-26, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA - September 23-26, 2016
    Torquay, England - September 23-26, 2016

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