For more than 40 years Bob has specialized in helping people cope with major loss experiences including death, divorce, relocation, traumatic injury, sexual abuse as children and job loss.
His book, Life After Loss, has become a classic in the field of loss and grief. It is highly respected by professionals and deeply appreciated by those who have experienced a major loss. Sales of the book exceed 200,000 copies. It is translated into seven foreign languages (German, Spanish, Chinese, French, Russian, Greek and Hebrew). 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the first publication. The current sixth edition was published in May, 2017.
Bob is also the co-author of the children’s book, When Your Grandma Forgets, with, Maryann Makekau. The book helps children and adults understand more and cope better when a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease.
He has been a frequent speaker and Conference Leader on a wide variety of subjects related to the many aspects of loss and grief recovery. He has done training sessions for hospice workers, nurses, Stephen Ministry programs, grief support group leaders, military chaplains and others. He has appeared on nationally syndicated radio and television programs and was the keynote speaker at the World Burn Congress.. Bob has been a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 54 years.
Bob was married to June Deits for 64 years before her death in 2016 after a 12 year battle with Alzheimer’s. In 2018 he was married to Nancy Anne Meise, a retired RN and Senior Advocate. Nancy is also a widowed person. She helps Bob lead Grief Support groups and works with him at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Arizona.
Bob is a graduate of California State College, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. He holds a Master of Theology degree from the Claremont California School of Theology in pastoral counseling and psychology. He has three children, ten grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren!