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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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Most people don’t even know that recovery from loss is possible, much less how to go about it. (Published 10/11/16)


Four years ago, my 30-year-old son was killed on his way to work. Since that happened, I have a strong feeling of unworthiness about me. I feel like there's a gaping hole in my heart — like there has got to be more to life than this. Of course, I'm sad and I miss him horribly, but I've come to the realization of the whole thing and am in acceptance of it. It seems I just do not have any ambition to want to do anything anymore. It's very difficult for me to get myself together to go out of the house. I do work full time so I have to leave daily for work, but it is a continuous struggle. Could this be related to losing him or is it just typical behavior of a woman in her 50s? I have a daughter also. Thank you,

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    April 2017
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