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The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions
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The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions Paperback - 2001 - 1st Edition

by Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge; Robert C. De Vries


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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.

From the rear cover

How to handle holidays and special occasions without your loved one.

Whether you've lost a spouse, parent, child, friend, or sibling, The Empty Chair invites you to journey through grief toward life-giving healing. You'll learn how to incorporate new traditions on special days like anniversaries and birthdays, create memorials that honor and affirm your loved one's life, rebuild your individual sense of identity, and more. Most of all, you'll discover a new sense of joy that can become a special part of future holidays.

"This work affirms the difficulty of celebrating special occasions when in the midst of grief and offers practical suggestions and insights. A remarkable resource."
--Ann Bartlett, coordinator, Mayo Hospital Hospice Program

"Help and hope for all who face the holidays anxiously because a special loved one is absent."
--James R. Kok, director, International Conference on Care and Kindness, Crystal Cathedral

"The action suggestions are helpful. The meditations at the end of each chapter act as a healing balm."
--John Morgan, director of King's College Centre for Education about Death and Bereavement

"The authors impart a wisdom found not only in their intellects but captured in the priceless experiences of their hearts."
--Martin L. Hollebeek, past president, Michigan Funeral Directors Association

"A unique and useful way to assist in managing one's grief during a very difficult time."
--Ron E. Wilder, president, Association for Death Education and Counseling

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  • Title The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions
  • Author Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge; Robert C. De Vries
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition number 1st
  • Edition 1
  • Pages 96
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Date 2001-09-01
  • Illustrated Yes
  • ISBN 9780801063770 / 0801063779
  • Weight 0.21 lbs (0.10 kg)
  • Dimensions 7 x 5 x 0.27 in (17.78 x 12.70 x 0.69 cm)
  • Themes
    • Religious Orientation: Christian
    • Theometrics: Evangelical
    • Topical: Death/Dying
  • Library of Congress subjects Bereavement - Religious aspects -, Grief - Religious aspects - Christianity
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2001025316
  • Dewey Decimal Code 248.866

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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