Life after Loss has become a classic in the field of loss and grief. Prior editions have been translated into seven foreign languages.
The first edition was published in 1988.


The new 6th edition reflects not only Bob’s continued experience in leading grief support groups and as a speaker and seminar leader, but his own personal experience in coping with the death of his wife and partner, June Deits on February 18, 2016 after a 12 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. 


June and Bob met at age 14 and were married the day after her 19th birthday in 1952 (Bob was 18 for five more months). Their marriage lasted 63 years,   11 months and 3 days.


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 presently serves as Associate Pastor of Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, Gold Canyon, AZ where he leads a grief support group and a Country Western worship service.


He is father of 3, grandfather of 10, and great grandfather of 12 (3 more on the way)

Professionals say:


"In Life after Loss, Bob Deits provides compassionate and practical advice for grieving and rebuilding a meaningful life after loss. As a palliative care physician, I care for people dealing with serious illness and those facing the end of life and their loved ones—where grief and loss are a constant presence. I will recommend this wise and important book as essential reading to all my patients and their families.”


— Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, Kates-Burnard and Hellman Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care, Director, Palliative Care Program, UCSF, and author of Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers



"Old grief is as important a work as new grief, and it resurfaces with brand new lessons. . . .Sooner or later, a difficult journey will come knocking (again), igniting the grief process. No one should be without this brilliant healing toolbox of a book."


Maryann Makekau, USAF Veteran, Author, Columnist, Speaker, Founder of Hope Matters & Neighborhood Memory Cafes and coauthor of When Your Grandma Forgets

About the Author

Bob Deits has been an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1964. He has specialized in helping people cope with the death of loved ones, divorce, loss of body parts,  relocation and other major loss experiences for 38 years.