The Empty Chair

Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions

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Description

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

Contributors

Susan J. R.N. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Ed.D, Author

Susan J. Zonnebelt-SmeengeRN, EdD, is a licensed clinical psychologist now in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. She worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for over 20 years. She speaks nationally to churches, community groups, and professional organizations and facilitates a variety of educational grief support groups.

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Robert C. De Vries, Author

Robert C. De Vries, DMin, PhD, is professor emeritus of church education at Calvin Theological Seminary and an ordained pastor. He speaks nationally to churches, community groups, and professional organizations and facilitates a variety of educational grief support groups.

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SUSAN ZONNEBELT-SMEENGE, Author

Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Author

Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Susan J.: - Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, RN, EdD, is a licensed clinical psychologist now in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. She worked at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for over 20 years. She speaks nationally to churches, community groups, and professional organizations and facilitates a variety of educational grief support groups.

View more by Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge