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‘The Grief Recovery Handbook’ dispels myths

Posted on: February 13, 2009

According to The Grief Recovery Handbook, “Grief is the conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.”

Sunrise - A New Day

Sunrise - A New Day

Authors John W. James and Russell Friedman wrote the book to help individuals identify and recover from their grief.  Both authors experienced and documented their own grief and how they used the program to overcome it. 

Grief not only includes death and divorce but it also includes loss of a job or a home, moving, health problems, marriage, legal difficulties, holidays and other loss experiences.

The book guides the reader through the steps to recognizing grief and successfully dealing with it in order to live a happy life.  The authors also established The Grief Recovery Institute to further help individuals and to train certified GriefRecovery Specialists to lead programs to help individuals.

In a recent free program offered by Paradise Valley Community College, I discovered first-hand how valuable the program is in identifying grief. Through the use of the book, the guidance of certified counselors, who in some cases also specialize in alternative wellness methods like meditation, and the interaction with group members, the program works to successfully deal with grief.  I highly recommend the book especially in this time of economic loss and change so individuals can learn to deal with their grief and live a happy life.


1 Response to "‘The Grief Recovery Handbook’ dispels myths"

I’ve just finished my training as a Grief Recovery Specialist with Russell Friedman one of the authors. You’re absolutely right this handbook and the programs are invaluable. I’d love to know your thoughts now with some months behind you on just how much impact this has had on you. Just reading the book 2 years ago has enabled the changes that’s brought me to this positive position today.

all the best

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