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About Us

Since the Grief Recovery Institute was founded in the mid 1980s, we have expanded our staff to provide training coast-to-coast, border-to-border in the United States and Canada. In addition, we have affiliates in Sweden, the United Kingdom, and most recently Mexico. We are very proud to introduce you to The Grief Recovery team.

Our Story

North America

John W. James

John W. James

Founder

John W. James founded the Grief Recovery Institute thirty years ago as a solution when he couldn’t find the resources he needed to deal with his own overwhelming grief at the death of his infant son.

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Russell Friedman

Russell Friedman

Executive Director

Russell Friedman arrived at the Grief Recovery Institute in 1986 on the heels of a second divorce and a bankruptcy.

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Cole James

Cole James

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Cole has worked in the communication field for Fox Movie Channel and the FX network for the past six years before joining the Grief Recovery Institute team.

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Bobbie RIll

Bobbie RIll

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Bobbie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with degrees in Psychology and Counseling.

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Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Nancy Martin is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Seminary Professor. She did her postgraduate training at Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute.

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Stephen Moeller

Stephen Moeller

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Stephen Moeller is a licensed Funeral Director since 1978. Steve established one of the first Grief Recovery Method Support Groups over twenty-five years ago.

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Lois Hall

Lois Hall

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Lois Hall has over 30 years of experience in the field of public health, including work in HIV/AIDS, cancer prevention and control, and infectious disease epidemiology.

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June Lynch

June Lynch

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

June earned her Bachelor’s in Vocal Music and Education from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA in 1964. After graduation, June travelled extensively as the wife of an Air Force officer.

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Ashley James

Ashley James

Director Of Operations, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®

Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of San Diego with a minor in Fine Arts.

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Nancy Logan

Nancy Logan

Program Coordinator, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®

Nancy earned her BA in Elementary Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She went on to receive a second BA in Humanities and a Masters in Elementary Education at San Francisco State.

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International

Anders Magnusson

Anders Magnusson

Executive Director Scandinavia

Anders, who is based in Sweden, first came in contact with Grief Recovery shortly after his mother died from lung cancer.

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Carole Batchelor

Carole Batchelor

Executive Director United Kingdom

Carol joined the Grief Recovery team in 2009 after finding how the principles of the Grief Recovery Method changed her life following the death of her husband. She has trained with both John W.

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Arturo Albin and Alejandra Rivero

Arturo Albin and Alejandra Rivero

Executive Directors Mexico

Arturo became involved with grief work when he volunteered at his parish to become part of their bereavement team. It was very rewarding, but he was not satisfied.

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Amanda Lambros

Amanda Lambros

Executive Director Australia

Amanda has been providing counseling, education, and training services in Australia since 2002.

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