The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions

The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions

The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions

The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions

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Overview

Losing a loved one—whether a spouse, parent, child, sibling, or friend—leaves people feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. Holidays and other special occasions seem to intensify the pain. Whether the occasion is Christmas or Easter, a birthday or anniversary, these celebrations force the bereaved to again face the reality of a loved one's absence.

Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. De Vries know firsthand the sorrow of bereavement: Both lost a spouse. Yet as they faced their pain and gleaned insights from their professions—Susan is a psychologist, Robert, a minister—they found renewed richness on special days that once brought heartache.

In The Empty Chair, the authors share a comforting blend of emotional support, spiritual guidance, and personal experience to help readers honor their loved one on important days. Those who support the bereaved—mental-health professionals, pastors, funeral home staff, and others—will also appreciate this book for its reflective yet practical approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801063770
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Series: Death and Dying Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 329,144
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge (R.N., Ed.D.) is a clinical psychologist at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.
Robert C. De Vries (D.Min, Ph.D.) is professor of church education at Calvin Theological Seminary. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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