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, Australia, 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

January 4, 1943 - November 26, 2016

On November 26, 2016, Russell passed away surrounded by his family. Russell will be greatly missed and his legacy will continue on in the work of all the people's lives he touched.
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Cole James

Executive Director

Cole W. James is the son of Founder John W. James and, as of January 2017, the official Executive Director of the Institute.

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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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Stephen Moeller

Stephen Moeller

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Stephen Moeller has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1978. Steve established one of the first Grief Recovery Method Support Groups over thirty 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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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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Laura Jack

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Laura Jack is dedicated to supporting people who have experienced loss on their journey of self-rediscovery. After her mom's death in January of 2008, Laura began looking for ways to mend her broken heart.

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Jocelyn Jackson

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Upon completion of her Grief Recovery Certification training in 2009,
Jocelyn realized that she now had the tools to match her passion for
helping people deal with the grief that was draining their energy and
restricting their life choices.

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Ed Owens

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer

Ed’s journey to the Grief Recovery Institute ® began after the devastating loss of his 3 year old son, Eddie Ryan, in 2010.

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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 Henderson

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

Arturo Albin

Executive Director 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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Ashley Hoogenberg

Ashley Mielke

Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® - Trainer - Canada

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