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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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Grief can feel worse when insensitive language is used. (Published 12/22/2015)


It‘s coming up on two years since my Dad died. He was 84. I’ve been in therapy every week and am maxed out on medication. A part of me died with my Dad. Things will never be the same again. I go to the cemetery everyday to be close to my Dad. I was with my Dad everyday and cared for him. My Dad was in a rehab center to learn to walk again and seemed to be doing great. I received a call at 5:27 AM on that fateful day. They said, “We did everything we could. Your Dad has expired.” I was like, expired to me means a gallon of milk expires, not my Dad. I did not like that word. I feel so guilty that he died alone, that kills me. I miss him so, so much. I feel so alone

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