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. Since then the Institute has expanded to include sister organizations in Canada, England, Sweden, and Mexico. Our mission is to deliver grief recovery assistance to the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time.

John is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on grief in the world today. Along with the Institute partner, Russell Friedman, John is the co-author of three benchmark books on the topic of recovery from loss, The Grief Recovery Handbook, When Children Grieve, and Moving On. He is a visiting faculty member at UCLA, Chapman University, the University of Southern California and has guest lectured at Kings College in London. He has delivered workshops and programs for the State of Ohio Dept. of Health, the National SIDS Foundation, and the LAPD and Sheriff’s Departments, to name a few. He is a leading advocate for veterans and has trained military personnel on bases all over the country.