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The Grief Recovery Handbook

The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses including Health, Career, and Faith

John W. James and Russell Friedman

Overview

This classic guide which has helped many people move beyond loss and towards recovery, has been expanded in this special 20th anniversary edition. The new material includes guidelines for choosing which loss to work on first and specific instruction for dealing with loss of health, career, faith, and much more.

Incomplete recovery from grief can have a lifelong negative effect on the capacity for happiness. Drawing from their own histories as well as from others’, the authors illustrate how it is possible to recovery from grief and regain energy and spontaneity. Based on a proven program, The Grief Recovery Handbook offers grievers the specific actions needed to move beyond loss.

New material in this edition includes:

  • Loss of faith
  • Loss of career and financial issues
  • Loss of health
  • Growing up in an alchoholic or dysfunctional home

Biography

John W. James and Russell Friedman have been working with grievers for more than thirty years. They have served as consultants to thousands of bereavement professionals and provide Grief Recovery Seminars and Certification Programs throughout the Unites States and Canada. They are the founders of The Grief Recovery Institute.

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When Children Grieve

For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses

John W. James and Russell Friedman with Dr. Leslie Landon Matthews

Overview

To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Yet, there are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong healthy response to loss.

In When Children Grieve, the authors offer a cutting-edge volume to free children from the false idea of “not feeling bad” and to empower them with positive, effective methods of dealing with loss.

There are many life experiences that can produce feelings of grief in a child, from the death of a relative or a divorce in the family to more everyday experiences such as moving to a new neighborhood or losing a prized possession. No matter the reason or degree of severity, if a child you love is grieving, the guidelines examined in this thoughtful book can make a difference.

Biography

John W. James and Russell Friedman have been working with grievers for more than thirty years. They have served as consultants to thousands of bereavement professionals and provide Grief Recovery Seminars and Certification Programs throughout the United States and Canada. They are the founders of the Grief Recovery Institute.

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Moving On

Dump Your Relationship Baggage and Make Room for the Love of Your Life

Russell Friedman and John W. James

Overview

In this groundbreaking book, Russell Friedman and John W. James show readers how to move on from unsuccessful past relationships and finally find the loves of their lives. Demonstrating revolutionary ideas that have worked for thousands of their clients at the Grief Recovery Institute, Friedman and James give readers the strategies they need to effectively mourn the loss of their relationships, while opening themselves up to love in the future. With compassionate guidance, Friedman and James help readers to close a chapter of their romantic pasts so they can begin again.

Biography

John W. James and Russell Friedman have been working with grievers for more than thirty years. They have served as consultants to thousands of bereavement professionals and provide Grief Recovery Seminars and Certification Programs throughout the United States and Canada. They are the founders of the Grief Recovery Institute.

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The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss

If you’ve found yourself almost inconsolable after your pet died, please know that you’re normal.

Russell Friedman, Cole James, and John W. James

Overview

If you’ve found that your family and friends don’t seem to understand the level of your grief, please know that, too, is normal.

Without comparing our relationships with our pets to those with people, we know that, because of the unique emotional relationships we have with our pets, their deaths produce a level of pain that is difficult to describe.

If you relate to any or all of these sentences, this book is for you.

We have been there and most probably will be there again. We will be with you on this journey to help your heart deal with the absence of your cherished companion.

—Russell, Cole, and John

Your relationship with your pet is special—it’s a bond that is very different than those that human beings share with each other. When a beloved pet passes away, people often resort to incorrect mechanisms to deal with the grief, such as trying to move too quickly past the loss (dismissing the real impact), or even attempting to replace the pet immediately. However, these are merely two myths out of six that the authors discuss and dismantle in The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. Based on the authors’ Grief Recovery Method®, this book addresses how losing a pet is different from losing a human loved one, and ultimately, how to move on with life.

Biography

John W. James and Russell Friedman have been working with grievers for more than thirty years. They have served as consultants to thousands of bereavement professionals and provide Grief Recovery Seminars and Certification Programs throughout the United States and Canada. They are the founders of the Grief Recovery Institute.

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Moving Beyond Loss

Real Answers to Real Questions from Real People

Russell Friedman and John W. James

Overview

In October 2010 the authors became exclusive providers of grief and grief-recovery-related content on a memorial website called Tributes.com, a site that receives approximately three million unique hits per month, and to which readers submit very personal and unique grief-related questions. Collected in this book are not only a bounty of personal and often moving questions but also the authors’ equally compelling responses and tips for using the Grief Recovery Method to deal with broken hearts. The book not only deals with grief from loss of a loved one, but also the grieving that occurs following a divorce, a sudden downturn in health, the loss of a job, and even the loss of faith.

Biography

John W. James and Russell Friedman have been working with grievers for more than thirty years. They have served as consultants to thousands of bereavement professionals and provide Grief Recovery Seminars and Certification Programs throughout the United States and Canada. They are the founders of the Grief Recovery Institute.

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Manual Superando Perdidas Emocionales

El Programa Practico para Superar el Dolor por Muerte, Divorcio y Otras Perdidas incluyendo la Salud, Carrera, y la Fe

John W. James y Russell Friedman

Resumen del Libro

Esta guía clásica que ha ayudado a muchas personas a ir más allá del duelo y hacia la recuperación, se ha ampliado en esta edición especial del vigésimo aniversario. El nuevo material incluye pautas para elegir cual pérdida se tratará primero e instrucción específica para tratar la pérdida de salud, carrera, fe y mucho más.

La recuperación incompleta del duelo puede tener un efecto negativo de por vida en la capacidad de felicidad. Basándose en sus propias historias y en las de otros, los autores ilustran cómo es posible recuperarse del dolor emocional y recuperar la energía y la espontaneidad. Basado en un programa probado, el Manual Superando Perdidas Emocionales ofrece las acciones necesarias para superar las perdidas emocionales y salir adelante.

El nuevo material en esta edición incluye:

  • Pérdida de fe
  • Pérdida de carrera y problemas financieros
  • Pérdida de salud
  • Crecer en un hogar alcohólico o disfuncional

Biografía

John W. James y Russell Friedman han estado trabajando con personas sufriendo de perdidas emocionales por más de treinta años. Han servido como consultores a miles de profesionales de duelo y brindan seminarios de recuperación de duelo y programas de certificación en todos los Estados Unidos y Canadá. Ellos son los fundadores de The Grief Recovery Institute.

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CUANDO LOS NIÑOS SUFREN

Para los Adultos que Quieren Ayudar a Niños a Recuperarse de la Muerte de un Ser Querido, de un Divorcio, de la Muerte de una Mascota, de una Mudanza, y de Otras Perdidas Emocionales

John W. James y Russell Friedman con la Dra. Leslie Landon Matthews

Resumen del Libro

Ver a un niño llorar y no saber qué hacer es una experiencia profundamente difícil para los padres, maestros y guardianes. Sin embargo, existen pautas para ayudar a los niños a desarrollar una respuesta saludable y duradera para superar y salir adelante después de las perdidas emocionales.

En Cuando los Niños Sufren, los autores ofrecen un programa practico para ayudar a los adultos a liberar a los niños de la falsa idea de “no sentirse mal” y para empoderarlos con métodos positivos y efectivos para lidiar con las pérdidas emocionales.

Hay muchas experiencias de vida que pueden producir sentimientos de dolor en un niño, desde la muerte de un pariente o un divorcio en la familia hasta experiencias más cotidianas, como mudarse a un nuevo vecindario o perder una posesión preciada. No importa la razón o el grado de severidad, si un niño que ama está sufriendo, las pautas examinadas en este libro pueden marcar la diferencia.

Biografía

John W. James y Russell Friedman han estado trabajando con personas sufriendo de perdidas emocionales por más de treinta años. Han servido como consultores a miles de profesionales de duelo y brindan seminarios de recuperación de duelo y programas de certificación en todos los Estados Unidos y Canadá. Ellos son los fundadores de The Grief Recovery Institute.

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Emotional First Aid

Heal small emotional injuries before they become big ones.

Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Overview

We all sustain emotional wounds. Failure, guilt, rejection, and loss are as much a part of life as the occasional scraped elbow. But while we typically bandage a cut or ice a sprained ankle, our first aid kit for emotional injuries is not just understocked—it’s nonexistent.

Fortunately, there is such a thing as mental first aid for battered emotions. Drawing on the latest scientific research and using real-life examples, practicing psychologist Guy Winch, Ph.D. offers specific step-by-step treatments that are fast, simple, and effective. Prescriptive and unique, Emotional First Aid is essential reading for anyone looking to become more resilient, build self-esteem, and let go of the hurts and hang-ups that are holding them back.

Biography

Guy Winch, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, author, and in-demand keynote speaker who is a leading advocate for integrating the science of emotional health into our daily lives, workplaces, and education systems. Dr. Winch's viral TED Talks, Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid, How to Fix a Broken Heart, and How to Turn Off Work Thoughts During Your Free Time, have been viewed over 20 million times and his books, The Squeaky Wheel: Complaining the Right Way to Get Results, Improve Your Relationships and Enhance Self-Esteem (Amazon KDP), Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts (Plume, 2014), and How to Fix a Broken Heart (TED Books/Simon & Schuster, 2018) have been translated into 26 languages. Dr. Winch's work is frequently featured in national and international publications and media. He also writes the popular Squeaky Wheel Blog on Psychology Today.com and the science based advice column Dear Guy, for TED.com.

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Option B

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Overview

After the unexpected passing of her beloved husband, Facebook COO and bestselling author of Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, feared that she and her children would never find joy again. Fortunately this fear was unfounded. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy–co-authored with psychologist and friend Adam Grant–shows you how Sandberg, and many others who have overcome a wide range of profound hardships, triumphed over tragedy. The book posits that it’s helpful to think of resilience like a muscle, one that atrophies in the calm between the storms of our lives. But there are things we can do to develop it, so we’re better prepared when adversity strikes. In America, culture can put a kink in this plan. Processing a painful event can be hindered when you’re wired not to talk about it. We all know that when someone asks how we’re doing, the expected response is “fine,” no matter if we’ve just lost a limb, or had a cancer scare. We will grin, and we will bear it, and we will go back to work too soon and burst into tears in the copy room when confronted by a malevolent stapler (or maybe that’s just me). Recently, Sandberg helped to enact a new employee benefit at Facebook: 20 days of paid bereavement leave, twice the amount that was offered previously. As she explains in Option B, it’s the humane thing to do, and it also makes good business sense; compassionate companies engender more loyal employees. In this way, Option B is more than a little revolutionary. It challenges us to change systems that don’t always take our humanness into account. And that’s something we need to do on a personal level as well. None of us are immune to misfortune and heartbreak. We need to cut ourselves some slack when times get tough, and, as Sandberg discovered, flip the golden rule: When a loved one is in distress, instead of treating them how you would want to be treated, consider how they want to be treated, which may be quite different. Option B starts an (oftentimes) uncomfortable but important conversation. If we lean in to the numerous lessons it has on offer, there’s a lot more joy to be found. –Erin Kodicek, The Amazon Book Review

Biography

In this book, Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, talks about returning to work after her husband’s death, and Wharton management and psychology professor, Adam Grant, discusses what the research says about resilience. In this joint book collaboration, they address how to build resilience in yourself, your team, and your organization.

Articles

What to Say, What to Do: Suggested Ways to Support Someone Who is Grieving

This is a very helpful one-page guide to support grievers and their families.

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Sheryl Sandberg: ‘I felt like a ghost’ after husband’s death

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, shares her thoughts on grief, death, and recovery from loss, and introduces her book Option B.

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10 Things to Help Children After a Tragedy

Now with the Las Vegas concert shooting, it’s important to remember, children read our feelings and mirror our emotions. They will soak up our reassurance or fear, love or hate, safety or danger. While these were written for children, they are just as true for adults.

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How to Handle and Help with Workplace Grief

A guide for managers and coworkers on navigating the tough transitions stemming from loss.

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A Delicate Balance: Self-Care for the Hospice Professional

The love and caring that make hospice workers so special can also serve as a major source of stress in their lives. Because compassionate care giving is an essential component in hospice care, the hospice worker has a unique challenge of coping with loss on a regular basis.

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