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John W. James

Founder of The Grief Recovery Institute®
Co-Author of The Grief Recovery
Handbook & When Children Grieve

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Emotions of grief sometimes appear to conflict with religious beliefs. Grief recovery actions can help our spiritual connections. (Published 1/27/2015)


My son died 4 years ago of leukemia. He was 33 years old at the time. He was married with one son. I haven't been able to recover enough to live my life normally. I am slightly withdrawn and avoid social situations whenever I am able. I still cry a lot and think of him every day. I gained lots of weight after he died, but I am finally losing some of it. I just cannot understand why God would let him die such a horrible death. He was sure God would heal him and we took him to the best leukemia hospital available to us. It has been so hard for all of us, but we have been able to stick together as a family. I don't know how to cope with my feelings and begin to live again.

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    April 2017
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