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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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Uh-oh, it’s that time again. Grief and the holidays


Many Grievers Wish They Could Skip The Holidays And Jump From Late October To Mid-January

The holidays are approaching. A joyous time. A festive time. A time when families and friends celebrate the passage of another year and the coming of a new year.

But not everyone will feel like celebrating.

Adapting to the absence of someone important in your life is difficult enough. But the first holiday season, with its constant reminders of family, coupled with holiday joy and tradition, can be especially painful. At the Grief Recovery Institute we've talked with thousands of people who've told us they wished they could jump from late October right to mid-January.

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Ask John & Russell – You need to do the work on yourself so you can tell the children about their dad who they won't remember. (Publisheed 11/25/2014)

Q:

Our 29 yr old son shot himself. His wife found him in their garage when she came home from work. She was 3 months pregnant and has two little girls also. It's been 4 years and I'm still coping with "a flu like feeling" everyday—constantly wondering why. Now the kids are a little older and they miss him; they ask questions about him when they visit. After they're gone I break down. They needed him and he's gone! How can I ever get over this?


Russell Friedman Replies:

Dear Judy,

It’s almost impossible to imagine how you manage to live with the images and memories of what happened. And when you say, “a flu like feeling,” we often say that unresolved grief is lie a “low-grade infection that never goes away.” Same idea, and neither of them feel good.

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