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.
About the Author
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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THIS IS AN UNSUSPECTING, BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT OPENS YOUR MIND IN A TIME OF NEED. SOMEONE GAVE THIS BOOK TO ME WHEN MY HUSBAND DIED. i THOUGHT ,"THANKS..ANOTHER BOOK." THEN I TOOK TIME TO READ THIS SHORT BOOK MASSIVELY FULL OF THOUGHT PROVOKING INFORMATION. THANK YOU