The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions

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Baker Books, Sep 1, 2001 - Self-Help - 96 pages
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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.

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User Review  - FLcookie -

My sister-in-law gave this book to me after my mother died in 2010. I purchased several of these to donate to my church. They will be used in baskets given to members who have lost loved ones. I highly recommend it. Read full review

User Review  - Connie Nightingale -

Order was filled quickly and the book arrived in fine shape. Seems appropriate to give to someone with a recent loss of a loved one. For now, I plan to keep it for myself as a reference to use personally and perhaps to share certain points with others. Read full review


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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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