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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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Has the Reality of My Loss Set in Yet? (Published 8-30-11)

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Hi. I just lost my mother a week ago and have returned home from taking care of her apartment, car, possessions and her life. My mom was only 48 years old and I am 29. I am worried that the reality of my loss has not quite set in yet. My sleep pattern and appetite have been affected tremendously. I feel physical pain plus odd muscle twinges I did not have before. I am not abusing alcohol or drugs. I was always the strong one in the family and the one who took care of everything and everyone.

My question is if I feel numb am I still grieving? I was only angry for a few days following her death and now I am just sad. More than sad. I understand that this is a traumatic experience but I am worried that the pain I feel will hit me all of once and render me incapable of living the life of a fully functioning adult. Do you think that is reasonable worry? Thank you for the help.


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    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

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    Oklahoma City, OK - July 8-11, 2016
    Hartford, CT - July 8-11, 2016
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    Atlanta, GA - July 15-18, 2016
    Phoenix, AZ - July 15-18, 2016
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    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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