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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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Is it normal for an adult child to feel like this? (Published 8-9-11)

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Belinda from MD writes: My dad went into the hospital on Nov. 15 and died on Dec. 20 of renal carcinoma. He was 73 and his illness was unexpected. We were able to get him home about 2 hours before he passed. I know its natural to grieve over the loss of a parent but I feel so empty and lost without him here. I'm 48 and feel the loss so intensely. I had thought about this happening throughout my life but because it's such a natural process didn't think it would hit me so hard. I just want to be with my Dad. No, I do not plan on rushing my death but I just feel so lonely without him. Is it normal for an adult child to feel like this?


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  • September 2014
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    Portland, OR - Sept 12-15, 2014
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