Cole W. James is the son of Founder John W. James and, as of January 2017, the official Executive Director of the Institute. Cole joined the Grief Recovery Institute in 2010 after determining that he needed to shift his career from the entertainment industry to a field that focused on helping others. Having been raised by John, this was not a difficult choice.
Cole brought a strong background in communications to the Institute, working for Fox Movie Channel and the FX Network for six years prior to joining the team. As a result, he has been instrumental in the successful rebranding of the website as well as all of the marketing materials. He has used his technological ability to reorient the daily functioning of the Institute towards a more current business model, bringing it into the 21st Century and thus allowing the Grief Recovery Method to reach more people globally than ever before.
In addition, Cole travels nationally and internationally, leading workshops that train people to become Certified Grief Recovery Specialists. He co-authored the Institute’s most recent publication, The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss, a comprehensive book addressing recovery from a type of loss that has been historically ignored.
Cole lives in Bend, Oregon with his wife, Ashley, and their two sons. He enjoys camping, hiking, skiing and snowboarding when he is not busy helping improve the lives of others.
Everyone experiences grief and loss but most are not personally equipped to deal with it or help others. The Grief Recovery Method Training is a simple but emotionally deep process that teaches you about grief and gives you the tools and skills to teach others The Grief Recovery Method04/09/2020
My biggest take away from the training was when I courageously dig into my unresolved grief and pain, I discovered that freedom from the pain of unresolved grief is possible using the Grief Recovery Method tools. I learned the value of honoring my own pain and the pain of others. There is so much healing, freedom and transformation when our pain is heard without judgment. After I finished the training, I thought everyone should do the inner work using Grief Recovery Method if they want to be set free from the bondage of false belief system and develop new and healthy habits to improve their quality of life and relationships. I highly recommend Grief Recovery Method to everyone who is willing to grow and do the work.04/07/2020
The Certification Training is incredible. Working on a personal loss in a group setting is extremely powerful. I recommend this to EVERYONE. There is not one person I know that would not benefit from going through The Grief Recovery Method, whether through the training or with a Specialist.04/06/2020
This training was exceptionally well laid out and very easy to follow. I can and will encourage all with whom I come into contact to experience it for themselves in order to feel a freedom that comes when being able to release any unfinished business, dreams or experiences after their own personal loss.08/13/2019
The insight and wisdom offered in this training create so many ah-ha moments. So simple, yet so important when working with grief. This certification was so valuable to me and it was truly the best training I have attended in over 20 years as a social worker. Cole was an excellent facilitator that made the process unbelievably successful. I would highly recommend this training to everyone!06/10/2019
I had started to facilitate a couple of grief and loss groups and knew I needed more guidance rather than just listening to and encouraging these grievers. This training has given me the confidence and tools to move forward with helping others (whether in groups or individually), recover from their loss, and to then be able to move forward in their life. Thank you so much for offering this training. My husband died a little over 1 year ago. This came along at a perfect time in my life and was just what I needed!06/07/2019