Christian / Nonfiction
Date Published: October 3, 2018
Publisher: MindStir Media
You Raise Me Up centers on the author's journey of coping with his wife's passing. Anyone who has lost a spouse can use this book as a tool to recover from loss. In this book, the author feels his late wife's outstretched- blanket that helps to cope through, "Grief", "to Smile", "to Laugh", "to Respect" and most important, "to Lead". Those were her "fruits" to live by.
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About the Author
Thomas J. (Tom) Snee stepped down as the former National Executive Director for Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Alexandria, VA. He is a retired Navy Master Chief /Surface Warfare Specialist with over 30 years of naval service, and a Vietnam Veteran. He has since returned to teaching, to motivate and inspire Middle and High School students in the Northern Virginia area. He is continually active with his Church, Boy Scouts, and other Youth Groups.
A Cleveland, Ohio native, Tom grew up and graduated in 1965 from Willoughby South High School, Willoughby, OH; Mohegan Community College, Norwich, CT, AS, Liberal Arts; Excelsior College, Albany, NY, BS, Liberal Arts/Psychology; and George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, M.Ed, Education Leadership. He is a member of the FRA, Knights of Columbus, Surface Navy Association (SNA) and National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). Mr. Snee was married to the late Karen A. Habina for 46 years, having a family of four children and seven grandchildren. He currently resides in Burke, VA.
You Raise me up Excerpt
Everyone Grieves Differently
“A variety of factors, including your personality, your
support system, and your natural coping mechanisms
will determine how loss will affect you. Some people feel
better after a few weeks or months, and for others it may
take years. The grief process is non-linear; in the midst
of recovery there may be setbacks. For that reason, it’s
essential to treat yourself and others with patience, kindness,
and compassion as you allow the process to unfold.
Not only do we all experience grief differently, but we
also express grief in our own unique ways. While some
people’s loneliness or sadness may appear to be more
pronounced, others may keep their feelings of grief to
themselves. Throughout the healing process, grief’s
manifestations may vary in amount and intensity. Take
time to listen, experience and understand them.”
“Grief is like living two lives. One is where you pretend that everything
is okay, and the other is where your Heart silently screams ‘I’m
“Small things that mean a lot: cut texts, tight hugs, long replies, holding
hands, remembering the little things, and kisses on the forehead.”
“I’ve come to realize that nothing in this life can prepare us for losing
someone we love….NOTHING!”
“Promise me you’ll always remember that you’re braver than
you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh
“When we get to the end of our lives together, the house we had, the
cars we drove, the things we possessed won’t matter. What will matter
is that I had YOU and you had ME.”