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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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Intervention doesn't work with grief recovery, but there are ways to reach out. (Published 9/3/2013)


I lost my 14-year old daughter 25 years ago. It was a long hard struggle but I'm okay now. My grief was so strong that I don't remember how I moved on. A friend just lost their only child, a boy 19, in a tragic car accident. I want to reach out to them but am not certain the best way to do this. I know what I feel and believe today is a whole spectrum from what I felt then. I don't know how to help them because I wasn't feeling then. I know they are in deep despair and grief and I want to help them. I especially don't want their marriage to disintegrate. Both are such nice people. Please guide me so that I may help them. Thank you.

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