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Getting to the Other Side of Grief Getting to the Other Side of Grief

Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse

by Zonnebelt-Smeenge R.N., Ed.D, Susan J.; De Vries PhD, Robert C.

It's something no married person wants to imagine. Yet each year, eight hundred thousand individuals mourn the passing of a husband or wife. Coming alongside the grieving spouse, psychologist Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge and pastor/professor Robert De Vries provide much-needed support from a unique perspective--empathy. They each suffered the loss of their spouse at a relatively young age. Throughout their book, the authors share their stories as living proof that if worked through properly, grief will lead the way to a fresh new life. Beginning with the premise that a full resolution to grief is possible, the authors extend this lifeline to readers: Complete healing doesn't happen without intentional effort (time alone doesn't heal), and this intentional effort, for complete success, must combine Christian faith and sound mental health practices. In offering these interwoven disciplines, the authors give readers the benefit of both the male and female perspective. Readers will find getting to the other side of grief less lonely and more promising in the empathetic company of these two authors. Those who assist grieving persons on their journeys--pastors, counselors, family members, friends--will find this a useful supplement to the support they offer. Endorsements: "So deep, so simple, so true, so practical, so honest, and so wise that it will surely be of much help to anyone who is hobbling painfully through the valley of loss." --Lewis B. Smedes, professor emeritus of theology and ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary; "Universal understanding coupled with compelling practical advice. All will benefit from the authors' valuable insights and guidance in the agonizing challenge of spousal loss." --Rabbi Dr. Earl A. Grollman, author of Living When a Loved One Has Died; "Professionally sound psychological and theological analysis of the subject of grief. The authors' personal self-disclosure regarding their own grief experiences brings flesh and blood reality to the abstract process of grieving. . . . Both authors challenge readers to work out their grief without avoidance and with the assurance that God is a partner in this painful journey of healing." --Arthur E. Jongsma Jr., psychologist, Psychological Consultants.

Paperback, 224 pages, notes, index

USD 15.95 / CAD 19.95

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