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You can live life to the fullest even after a loved one dies.

Traveling through Grief is a compassionate resource to help you find your road to recovery and discover a fulfilling life after the death of a loved one or friend. The authors, both of whom lost spouses before marrying each other, are grief counselors who show you five specific tasks to work through to aid in healing. From exploring your feelings to sifting through memories, reshaping a sense of self-identity to reengaging in your own life, these crucial tasks help you handle grief with purpose and intention. Thoughts on how loss affects both your spiritual and mental well-being are covered separately, so you can choose which is most helpful--or read the sections together for the fullest exploration of healing.

Your experience of grief will change your journey forever. Let Traveling through Grief help you develop a life that can become rich and rewarding again.


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Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge is a licensed clinical psychologist working for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Robert C. De Vries is emeritus professor of church education at Calvin Theological Seminary and an ordained pastor. The authors speak regularly on grief related topics and together have written Getting to the Other Side of Grief, The Empty Chair, and Living Fully in the Shadow of Death.|Copy on Paper Edition:

You can live life to the fullest even after a loved one dies.

Traveling through Grief is a compassionate resource to help you find your road to recovery and discover a fulfilling life after the death of a loved one or friend. The authors, both of whom lost spouses before marrying each other, are grief counselors who show you five specific tasks to work through to aid in healing. From exploring your feelings to sifting through memories, reshaping a sense of self-identity to reengaging in your own life, these crucial tasks help you handle grief with purpose and intention. Thoughts on how loss affects both your spiritual and mental well-being are covered separately so you can choose which is most helpful--or read the sections together for the fullest exploration of healing.

Your experience of grief will change your journey forever. Let Traveling through Grief help you develop a life that can become rich and rewarding again.

"It is refreshing to find a resource that has both a strong spiritual component as well as an abundance of practical and useful suggestions for the grief journey."--H. Norman Wright, grief and trauma counselor

"You will find grief-changing wisdom on every page: wisdom that can help you and can help friends and family members traveling through grief."--Harold Ivan Smith, grief educator, author of Grieving the Death of a Friend

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"It is refreshing to find a resource that has both a strong spiritual component as well as an abundance of practical and useful suggestions for the grief journey. This is a welcomed resource."--H. Norman Wright, grief and trauma counselor

"In a culture that prefers grievers 'get over it' and 'move on' as quickly as possible, two authors, well acquainted with grief, challenge such thinking. You will find grief-changing wisdom on every page: wisdom that can help you and can help friends and family members traveling through grief."--Harold Ivan Smith, grief educator, author of Grieving the Death of a Friend

"The dynamic duo has given us yet another fine book by grabbing hold of the fracturing impact of grief. This book will inform, equip, comfort, shield, nudge, and hug you."--Richard B. Gilbert, executive director, the World Pastoral Care Center
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801066764
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Henderson on December 28, 2009
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I read the authors' grief book relating to the loss of a spouse and it was SO HELPFUL. I use this book in our church as a guide to helping others through grief, since it is not specific to the loss of a partner. Both books are filled with practical advice and spiritual comfort.
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As a trained Grief counselor, I would recommend this book to those that are interested in helping others, or need to make sense of what you are going through. done well, and written well by Zonnebelt-Smeenge.
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I recently lost my wife of 23 years. I am very grateful for and appreciative of those 23 years with her. That approach helps me cope with my loss. But I also have a lot of questions, most of which fall into the general category of "Where do I go from here?" This book doesn't necessarily answer those questions; the questions don't have universal answers. But it does suggest approaches that are helpful in dealing with such questions, and it reassures me that my questions are "normal." It's not a textbook. That's not what I would want now. It's more like a conversation with a helpful person, which I would think many folks in my situation would appreciate.
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I have ordered several copies to give to others who have lost a loved one. This book was the most helpful one that I read after the sudden loss of my husband. It shows the Christian viewpoint as well as the mental health view. I highly recommend this book for anyone dealing with the loss of a spouse or close family member. It clearly outlines the options available for coping with the huge loss and void in your life.
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This book was a great read for someone that has lost a close loved one. It not only helped me deal with my husbands death almost a year ago, but it gave me some insights into my dads death 14yrs ago. A must read for someone going thru grief.
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This book provides excellent secular and spiritual information to assist you in your grief journey. I have been able to use it to create an interactive grief curriculum that I use along with the book and people are making amazing progress in establishing a healthy grief journey.
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Wonderful book. Concise, and informative and helpful. Out of 20 books I read on this subject. This one is by far the best of all.
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Terrific book for anyone who has lost a loved one. Their other books are also worth checking out.
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