Russell Friedman

I Know How You Feel

Why you should never say “I Know How You Feel!”

The reason we never say “I Know How You Feel” in response to someone else’s reaction to a death, a divorce, or any other loss, is because you can never actually know how someone else feels. Even if you have had a similar experience, you still bring your unique self and your individual personal knowledge, … Continue Reading


5 Ways the Grief Recovery Method Certification Training Guides Hospice and Hospital Staff and Volunteers

The hospice movement dates back to the 11th century and represents the compassionate concern for the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill. In modern times, that concern also applies to the family and friends who are often a part of the extended care-giving team. While it’s obvious that family and friends have long-term … Continue Reading

funeral directors

5 ways the Grief Recovery Method Certification Helps Funeral Directors

As licensed funeral professionals know, a great deal of their training in mortuary science school relates to the medical and health aspects of dealing with the remains in their care; and with a host of other technical information necessary to perform their duties. In addition, they need to become aware of dealing with the clergy … Continue Reading

Grief Recovery Certification specialization in your church community

5 positive benefits of adding the Grief Recovery Certification specialization in your church community

Religious organizations of all denominations are in the forefront of helping grievers deal with the impact of death, as well as divorce and other losses. Some have informal support programs that provide either short- or long-term support; while others offer specific, recovery-based actions to help their flocks. We are proud that the Grief Recovery Method … Continue Reading

How to help my clients with grief

How to help my clients with grief? Five Ways Our Training Helps Mental Health Professionals

This is the first in a series of short articles about the benefits of the Grief Recovery Method Certification training for: Mental Health Professionals, Funeral and Cemetery Personnel, Clergy and Church Related Volunteers, Hospice and Hospital Staff and Volunteers. How to help my clients with grief? In conversations with thousands of mental health professionals over … Continue Reading

how to overcome ptsd

Why society will use any word but grief. Grief Recovery can help in dealing with PTSD.

In great measure, the words we use dictate the feelings we have. The more accurate and honest our language, the clearer our awareness of what affects us, and what we can do about it. Read on to find out how to overcome ptsd, trauma or stress using the tools of The Grief Recovery Method. For … Continue Reading

grief: comparing losses

Grief: Why Comparing Losses Never Helps and Often Hurts

We frequently cite the ancient proverb, “I was unhappy about having no shoes until I met the man who had no feet,” to introduce the dangerous issue of comparison as it relates to grief. Using the proverb as a guide, if you have 10 people in a room, and you start with one whose mother … Continue Reading

anger management

Anger Management and Unresolved Grief: The Connection

Why would we want to manage anger? Managing anger, rather than completing the source or cause of the anger, implies that we would keep our anger stored up and tucked away for use at a later date. When we hold onto anger that way, it turns into resentment. One of the consequences of taking actions … Continue Reading

the grieving process

The Grieving Process: Is there any such thing?

You’ve probably heard someone say, “I’m in the grieving process,” or talk about a friend who has just experienced a loss and is “in the grieving process.” We’d guess that you probably accepted that statement and didn’t ask for something more specific to help you understand exactly what they were going through. It’s not uncommon … Continue Reading

grief definition

The Best Grief Definition You Will Find

Since grief is such a wide topic that covers so many kinds of losses and an almost infinite range of emotions, there isn’t a single grief definition that covers it all. But there are three we use to help people understand what grief is and what it isn’t. The most basic one is: “Grief is … Continue Reading