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The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions [Paperback]

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Item description for The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions by Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge & Robert C. De Vries...

Offers sensitive counsel on grieving and honoring a lost loved one on holidays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Baker Books
Pages   91
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 5, 2012
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801063779  
ISBN13  9780801063770  

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More About Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge & Robert C. De Vries

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge is a clinical psychologist at Pine Rest Mental Health Services. She is also a certified social worker and a registered nurse. Robert C. De Vries is professor of church education at Calvin Theological Seminary and regularly conducts workshops and seminars on issues relating to adult education, youth ministry, and bereavement.

Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge currently resides in Grand Rapids, in the state of Michigan. Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge was born in 1948.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief > General
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief > Grief & Bereavement
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Bible Study > General

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Reviews - What do customers think about Empty Chair?

Very Helpful After Losing A Loved One  Mar 29, 2006
I found this book very helpful after losing a loved one. I particularly liked the format of this book. The authors give excellent ideas and suggestions as well as inspiring meditations. I highly recommend "The Empty Chair" to anyone who has experienced a death of someone close to them.
Help for anyone who has had a loved one die.  Mar 14, 2006
What a great book! In tackling a sometimes difficult topic, the authors did a splendid job in addressing holidays and other occasions and how to handle them after losing a loved one. I have enjoyed this book so much that I've recommended it to several friends.
The book is very misleading!  Dec 4, 2005
First of all, this book has handling grief on holidays and special occasions right in the title but it barely touches on that!!!! I have seen other books do a much better job helping survivors honor their loved one, acknowledge their grief, etc than this one does. If you are looking for help on how to handle the holidays, this one will not give you much help.
Second, I did not realize how Christian this book is when I bought it. The Christian meditations are nice for those of you who are. It should at least say that in the title or cover or something! It does not. If you are Christian, you may like the meditations. They are thoughtful and inspiring if you follow this faith. I am sure you will draw comfort from it. If you are not Christian, you probably won't and you will be skipping a lot of pages! While I understand that death and spirituality overlap, I have a problem with the fact that this book is Christian but does not advertise itself as such.
As for rituals and such to honor your loved one, there are other books that do a much better job than this one in that department.
While I do not doubt the qualifications of the authors, I do not think this book does a good job in addressing the subject because it barely touches on the sublect at all!! I would pass this one up if you are specifically looking for holiday help. It may help you if you are a Christian who needs guidance with grief from the death of a loved one, but since this book is so general, it will leave you searching for more help.
Help for the Holidays  Aug 10, 2004
This is a wonderful easy read that helped me through a difficult time. I thought that I had completed the grieving process for my father, but realized that during the Holidays I would get really down. After reading The Empty Chair, I realized that what I was going through was normal, and needed to deal with those emotions. Since reading this book, I have learned how to enjoy the Holidays and remember the good times with my father instead of resenting and grieving that he is not there to share those special times.

If you know of anyone who just lost someone close to them this is an excellent gift.
Ritualizing Loss  Oct 28, 2002
This book is an excellent tool for ritualizing loss in any situation, especially during the holidays. It offers an effective format to simply state what you may be holding back while sitting around the holiday dinner table or gathering around the Christmas tree or at a family reunion. It is often hard to spontaneously say that we miss the person who is no longer there, whether it be from death or divorce, that there is an empty spot in our hearts. You may get choked up while going through the suggested format, but it can be extremely healing.

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