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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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Sadly, it's all too common that we're confronted with family, financial, and property issues that distract us from the real issue—our broken hearts. (Published 3/5/2013)


My mom died three months ago. We lived upstairs from her, and I was her health care proxy and did so much with her and for her. I was at the hospital two and three 3 times a day. One thing I remember is her asking me if I was giving up on her because I was late getting to the rehab to see her one time. I told her I'd never give up on her. There's much more, but it's a long story. Also, now that she's died, my family has decided to clean out and sell her condo, and they've gotten rid of all her possessions. My husband, my 14year-old son, and I are still living in the condo, wo when it sells, we'll have to find a place to live. I'm suffering a lot from this and am depressed. I don't know how to deal with it all. My family's not speaking to me, and honestly I don't know why. I'm having a hard time with the house being up for sale. I needed more time. How can I start feeling better? I miss my Mom so, so very much.

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    April 2017
    Indianapolis, IN - April 7-10, 2017
    Princeton, NJ - April 7-10, 2017
    Reading, Berkshire, England - April 21-24, '17
    Denver, CO - April 21-24, 2017
    Vancouver, BC, Canada - Apr 28-May 1,'17
    San Francisco, CA - Apr 28-May 1,'17
    May 2017
    Seattle, WA - May 5-8, 2017
    Dallas, TX - May 5-8, 2017
    Milwaukee, WI - May 19-22, 2017
    Torquay, Devon, England - May 19-22, '17
    Regina, SK, Canada - May 19-22,'17
    Los Angeles, CA - May 19-22, 2017

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