Dena Yohe, Dennis Rainey, and Rebecca and Jake Mutz talk about their moments of profound grief, and how it infiltrated their faith and caused it to grow.
Tom and Dena Yohe
Dena Yohe (pronounced YOY) has been a social worker, pastor’s wife, and Cru staff member. She is the mother of a formerly troubled daughter, Renee´Yohe. Renee´ was the suicidal, addicted, depressed, self-harming girl whose situation led friends to start the well-known nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms. Renee´’s life was also portrayed in the 2015 Sony Pictures release by the same name. Dena is an avid blogger. She and her husband, Tom, have three grown children, enjoy being grandparents, and live in sunny Orlando, Florida.
Suffering and Loss
Grief and Loss: Giving Up Your Dreams
As their daughter’s struggle continued, so did the struggle for Tom and Dena Yohe. Eventually they realized they couldn’t choose sobriety for Renee-she had to choose it for herself.
Seeking Help for Renee
As their daughter, Renee, continued to spiral out of control; Tom and Dena Yohe knew that the Word of God was their food and prayer was their lifeline. So, they asked friends to pray.
The Start of Difficulty
Tom and Dena Yohe’s daughter, Renee, started cutting herself at 12 years of age. Gradually, other behaviors surfaced including suicidal tendencies. Find out how Tom and Dena handled parenting a prodigal.