Hiking the Pack Line
Moving from Grief to a Joyful Life
Bonnie Shapbell grew up in South Jersey in the 1950s. Her
parents placed a high value
on education and encouraged Bonnie and her
older brother, Charles, to be independent and
to think for themselves. After receiving a
bachelor of science degree in mathematics, Bonnie became a software engineer. For her 50th birthday she earned a master of science degree in computer
Bonnie met Jan
Shapbell when she was 30 and he was
35. They quickly became great friends and life partners. They shared common interests such as sports, travel, art, camping, and great conversation, as well as
complementary strengths—Bonnie was a good
breadwinner and bookkeeper and Jan was a creative
cook and thrifty shopper. He had the vision of an
artist, and she had the practical nature that
brought his vision to reality.
Before Jan died in January 2004, Bonnie had
promised him she would be OK. After his death, she
actively worked to rebuild her life. She
received help on the journey from family, friends,
professionals, books, and even strangers.
On a hiking trip, experienced hikers helped
Bonnie over rough places in the trail. It reminded
her that we all have strengths and weaknesses.
Everyone needs some help sometime, and we can all
offer help to someone else.
Now Bonnie is the experienced “hiker.” She is
standing along the trail of life between grief and
a rebuilt joyful life, offering her advice—and
this book—to those struggling with
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