From We to Me: Embracing Life Again After the Death or Divorce of a Spouse

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While we don't like to think about it, marriages eventually do come to an end, either with the death of a spouse or tragically through divorce. This "end" of a relationship leaves the other partner alone and facing an uncertain future. Whether widowed or divorced, the feeling and experience of aloneness--moving from being a "we to a me"---is a common one. This latest book from noted grief experts and authors Zonnebelt-Smeenge and De Vries focuses on two of five grief journey tasks--separating oneself and reinvesting fully in one's own life--offering a unique self-help, psychological, and spiritual guide for the process of helping either the widowed or divorced to redefine and reinvest in life.

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Single again? Considering dating or remarriage?

Whether you are widowed or divorced, the feeling and experience of aloneness--moving from being a "we" to a "me"--is a common one. If you have suffered the loss of your spouse through death or divorce, you are standing on the precipice of your new life. Who are you as a newly single person? Do you want to remain single? Or possibly begin dating? Is remarriage an option for you? And if so, how do you blend two families?

In From We to Me, noted grief experts Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. De Vries help you find confidence and hope as a single person and begin reinvesting fully in your life. Whether or not you've thought about the future, this caring guide will help you work through your grief and loneliness and point you toward wholeness once again.

"This practical and insightful book speaks to the needs and questions of a major portion of our population."--H. Norman Wright, author, Recovering from Losses in Life

"'Whole, healthy, and content without my mate? Impossible.' If death or divorce have left you thinking words like this, you need to curl up with From We to Me. Bob and Susan gently guide you through singleness and help you embrace a hopeful vision for your future."--Steve Grissom, founder, DivorceCare and GriefShare support groups

"This book talks to you like the dear loving friends the authors are. Here is friendship in print."--James Kok, pastor; author, 90% of Helping Is Just Showing Up

"A lamp to light the way out of the darkness into a new light."--Arthur E. Jongsma Jr., clinical psychologist; author and series editor, PracticePlanner books and TheraScribe software

Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, RN, EdD, a licensed clinical psychologist working for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, and Robert C. De Vries, DMin, PhD, emeritus professor of church education at Calvin Theological Seminary and an ordained pastor, are the authors of Getting to the Other Side of Grief, The Empty Chair, and Traveling through Grief. They speak internationally on dying and bereavement issues.

About the Author:

Susan 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.

They are the authors of Getting to the Other Side of Grief, The Empty Chair, and Traveling through Grief. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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