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The empty chair : handling grief on holidays and special occasions
Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Susan J., 1948-
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
91 pages ; 18 cm
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Central Library BV4905.3 .Z66 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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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.

Author Notes

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 and an ordained minister

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
1 The Firestormp. 15
2 Sorting through the Ashesp. 29
3 A Time to Rememberp. 41
4 Planting the Seeds for New Lifep. 55
5 Beauty from the Ashesp. 69
Appendixp. 83
Notesp. 91

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