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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 – It's not helpful to blame ourselves for the decisions others make. (Published 6/21/2016)

Q:

My mother lost her battle with cancer a year and a half ago. I was 18 at the time. It happened just two days after my high school graduation. I blame myself because she forced herself to go to the ceremony. We were very close and to this day I still feel responsible for her death. Will this guilt ever go away? I am now 20 years old and in college, but I have lost all motivation and have fallen into a slump because I carry this guilt with me every day. Is there any way to help?


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Christina,

Thanks for your note and questions.

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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.

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Workshops & Training Schedule

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

    June 2016
    Birmingham, AL - June 10-13, 2016
    Boston, MA - June 10-13, 2016
    San Francisco, CA - June 24-27, 2016
    St. Louis, MO - June 24-27, 2016
    Toronto, ON, Canada - June 24-27, 2016

    July 2016
    Manchester, England, UK - July 8-11, 2016
    Oklahoma City, OK - July 8-11, 2016
    Hartford, CT - July 8-11, 2016
    Melbourne, VIC, Australia - July 14-17, 2016
    Atlanta, GA - July 15-18, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ - July 15-18, 2016
    Auckland, New Zealand - July 21-24, 2016
    Chicago, IL - July 22-25, 2016
    Thunder Bay, ON, Canada - July 22-25, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA - July 22-25, 2016

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