Gary's story began with a childhood of mixed messages and sexual abuse. Th is was followed by other losses and numerous grief experiences. Ultimately, a painful past led Gary into a life of helping wounded people heal and grow. A former college minister, missionary in Japan, entrepreneur in Hawaii, and pastor in Texas and Washington, he now serves as a writer, speaker, chaplain, and grief counselor. In addition to Comfort for the Grieving Spouse's Heart, Gary is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning bestsellers Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child, Please Be Patient, I'm Grieving, and Heartbroken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse. He has been featured on Focus on the Family, Dr. Laura, Belief Net, the Christian Broadcasting Network, Wellness, Th rive Global, and other major media and has well over 700 grief-related articles in print. Recipient of the Diane Duncam Award for Excellence in Hospice Care, Gary is a popular keynote, conference, and seminar speaker at a wide variety of venues. Gary loves being a husband and father. He has seven adopted children, including three daughters from Colombia. He enjoys hockey, corny jokes, good puns, and colorful Hawaiian shirts. Gary and his wife Jen and family live in Texas. Visit Gary at www.garyroe.com.
"Gary Roe is no stranger to grief. In Comfort for the Grieving
Spouse's Heart, he captures the silent anguish of the grieving and
provides practical understanding and insight for how to deal with
grief. I found myself saying, 'YES, YES, YES!' with every page. If
you find yourself in the midst of grief, this is a must read to
help make sense of it all." - Dr. Troy Allen, Pastor
"The author's ability to connect with the grieving spouse's heart is so evident in this book. Readers will see themselves on almost every page and find the comfort they need in Gary's compassionate empathy and counsel. I highly recommend this book to anyone experiencing the loss of a spouse." - Paul Casale, Licensed Professional Counselor/ Marriage and Family Therapist"Healing from the loss of a spouse is hard work. To do it well, we need to engage the bereavement challenge every day. In Comfort for the Grieving Spouse's Heart, Gary guides the reader through the healing process with a daily dose of honesty, courage, compassion and love." - Dr. Craig Borchardt, President / CEO, Hospice Brazos Valley"I give this book the highest praise I can - it rings true. While reading it, I relived the range of emotions I felt through my grief journey after the death of my husband. At the end I felt hopeful and light again, just like in real life. I know it will be a treasured resource for others." - Kelli Levey Reynolds, Mays Business School, Texas A & M University"If you're struggling with the loss of a spouse, be encouraged. Gary's book, Comfort for the Grieving Spouse's Heart, walks you through the process of emotional healing. You'll find hope, healing, and help filtering your feelings." - Dr. Charles W. Page, MD"Comfort for the Grieving Spouse's Heart is the book for anyone who loses a mate. In its chapters you'll recognize how you're feeling that day, gain insight into why you're feeling that way, and learn strategies to cope and grow. You'll return to it again and again." - Debra Johnson, M.Div., Hospice Bereavement Coordinator"In his new book, Comfort for the Grieving Spouse's Heart, Gary Roe masterfully describes the journey of grief after losing a partner. He guides the reader to a deeper understanding of what they may face on their journey. Then he provides helpful insights and affirmations to assist them along the way. There are no simple or correct paths on the grief journey. That is why Comfort for the Grieving Spouse's Heart is a must read. It will assist the reader in maneuvering the potholes, detours and dead ends they may face along this road." - Brian Kenney, Pastor"From the first words on the first pages, I knew that this book was going to be different. This isn't just a book about grieving. It's about me. How am I going to heal? Where is my hope? Gary is speaking directly into my soul. Every page tells me that it's somehow going to be okay." - Scott Marlow, Journey Church"In Comfort for the Grieving Spouse's Heart, Gary masterfully describes the tapestry of emotion experienced by those affected by the loss of a mate. His connection to the reader is demonstrated through sharing his own journey of loss and healing. I share his books with clients and friends with great confidence." - Carrie Andree, Licensed Professional Counselor"Gary Roe seems to have the ability to put into words exactly what my heart felt after the loss of my spouse. His writings are full of truth and healing. Thank you, Gary, for using your personal pain to help others on their grief journey." - Page Bratcher, Grief and Divorce Recovery Coach