Tributes.com Announces Strategic Partnership with Grief Recovery Experts John James and Russell Friedman

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The Tributes.com Grief Recovery Guidance Center to Provide Information and Resources to Millions of Bereaved Consumers Seeking Support

Tributes, Inc., the online resource for local and national obituary news, announced today at the National Funeral Directors Association Convention in New Orleans, that they have formed a partnership with John W. James and Russell Friedman, co-founders of the Grief Recovery Institute, and co-authors of The Grief Recovery Handbook – recently re-released in a 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition – and When Children Grieve. At the centerpiece of the alliance is the Grief Recovery Guidance Center, a new content area which has been fully integrated into the company’s flagship site Tributes.com as well as the Tributes.com-powered obituary sections featured on the websites of Tributes’ extensive, nationwide network of television partners. The combined audience of Tributes.com and the Tributes Network now consistently exceeds one million unique consumers per month.

James and Friedman have been working with grievers for over thirty years. They have served as consultants to thousands of bereavement professionals and provide Grief Recovery Seminars and Certification Programs throughout North America and Europe. They are in constant demand in the media when major grief producing events affect us nationally and around the world. Russell has appeared on CNN as a "grief recovery expert" several times, most notably in the aftermath of 9/11; when Andrea Yates drowned her five children; and after Michael Jackson died. He also appeared with Matt Lauer on the Today Show to help parents guide their children in dealing with grief. Russell and John have a featured blog on Psychology Today and together they have pioneered 2500 Grief Recovery Outreach Program groups throughout the world.

“It is an honor and oftentimes a sad privilege to be addressing people who have recently experienced the death of someone important in their lives,” said James and Friedman. “We are very pleased to bring our personal experience in dealing with the deaths of people who were important to us, and our professional know-how in helping grievers for decades to Tributes.com. We believe Tributes.com is an important and growing brand in the online memorialization space, and that our partnership with such a fine organization will enable us to dramatically extend the reach of our support to more people in need of the resources and information we can provide to help them cope and begin forging a path to recovery.”

James and Friedman will be regularly responding to questions posed by visitors to The Grief Recovery Guidance Center, which is currently live on the Tributes.com website at http://www.tributes.com/grief_recovery_center. Tributes expects to extend the Grief Recovery Center content in the coming months to funeral home partner websites and will be launching a Grief Recovery Group on Facebook which will allow users to discuss James/Friedman articles and responses to user questions.

“In working over the course of the last few months with John and Russell to prepare for the launch of the Grief Recovery Guidance Center our team has come to know the warmth and caring that surrounds these gentlemen and all that they do to help people in crisis,” said Elaine Haney, President of Tributes, Inc. “We feel hugely privileged to have them on our team and are quite confident that they will add tremendous value to the consumer experience on Tributes.com.”

About Tributes.com:
Tributes.com is the online resource for current local and national obituary news, lasting personal tributes and online community providing support during times of loss and grieving. Through one centralized national web destination, with over 86 million current and historical death records dating back to the 1930’s, Tributes has made obituary and online memorial service information easily accessible so people can come together online and offline to remember and share the treasured stories of the important people in their lives who have passed away. Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor officially launched Tributes.com in February, 2008. For more information about Tributes.com, please visit our website at http://www.tributes.com.

Contact Information: (617) 337-9441 or media(at)tributes(dot)com

Funeral Home Partnership Information: http://www.tributes.com/sales

Co-brand Partnership Information: http://www.tributes.com/cobrands

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