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Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss [Hardcover]

Pat Schwiebert , Chuck DeKlyen , Taylor Bills
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Book Description

June 1 2005
If you are going to buy only one book on grief, this is the one to get! It will validate your grief experience, and you can share it with your children. You can leave it on the coffee table so others will pick it up, read it, and then better appreciate your grieving time. Grand's Cooking Tips section at the back of the book is rich with wisdom and concrete recommendations. Better than a casserole! Hardbound; 56 full-color pages. Affirms the bereaved. Educates the un-bereaved. A building-block for children..... WINNER! of the 2001 Theologos Book Award, presented by the Association of Theological Booksellers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book for Anyone with a Loss April 22 2004
By Anne
Written in a children's book format - with simply worded concepts, wonderfully colored pictures, and a creative idea - this is one of those great books that actually feels written for adults as much as for school-age children.
I've used lots of books on grief in 30 years of practicing psychotherapy. And this is the best! It's written in a way that gives the grieving mind and exhausted spirit a quick, hands-on idea of what's happening, and it gives fabulous permission to every reader to absolutely do your grief "your way."
I've given out perhaps 25 copies. Some come back. Others set out on a journey of their own. And I love that they do. I feel like "the Lupine Lady" (reference to another children's book.)
I'd like to thank the authors, if they ever read their reviewers, for a heart-felt gift to us.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helping Through March 3 2004
My counselor recommended this book to me after the loss of my son. As I cried my way through the book, I found validation for my feelings and thoughts. It was very helpful to me and it is also a good source for friends who want to know how to help people dealing with similar losses. I am buying a copy to donate to my local library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tear soup June 5 2004
fantastic in all ways...gentle words and metaphors that would be helpful to all ages to not only describe the process of grieving but to help them move through it. wonderful illustrations. a must for those grieving and those who are touched by someone grieving. 5+++
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful... Sept. 4 2003
By Pamela
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist who recently lost my beloved Mother. Her death was sudden and unexpected. I received this book as a gift to help me through my first birthday without my Mother. This book is absolutely tremendous in it's ability to address the truth of grief. This is a must have for both the bereaved and any professional who works with clients both young and old. I particularly enjoyed the way the book addressed the responses of the people around the bereaved--it was very healing and I will be purchasing several copies to give to people who have suffered a great loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Soup April 2 2011
In the last three years I have bought 5 copies of this book, 4 of them to give to people who I wanted to help with the heavy hearted task of grieving the lost of a loved one and one copy that gave me sage advise and strength on how to be a supportive friend. I was so touched by Grandy' simple story and how she and her husband dealt with their grief, each in their own unique way ,and what help and support she needed to carrier them through the stages of grief.It shows that each of us will encounter grief(not just death) in our lives and it will be different and impact each of us in our own way. How we "make our Soup" and what ingredients we use are as personal as our feelings and memories.
I referred this book to another friend who was helping a co-worker through a tragedy and she emailed me and gave me a big "thank you". Any great Loss is emotionally intricate and this book does a fantastic job of easing the fear of not only the people who have endured that loss but those who continue to stand by their side and help see them though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt understood! Aug. 28 2002
... This book is wise and insightful, both for a grieving person as well as someone who loves a grieving person. Any type of loss is addressed in this book. The book is perfect for children as the illustrations are stunning and it is written simply, but adults will experience it more deeply as they will see it's wisdom and understand it's nuances. This is an excellent choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After the death of my parents Jan. 24 2003
My dad died suddenly in June, 2002; my mom died, after living with cancer,in January 2003. Someone sent me this book and it was the best piece I have read on grief. I am ordering multiple copies in memory of my parents. I will distribute them to elementary and secondary schools, hospice facilities and chaplains. Anyone who works with grieving people will want this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone dealing with Loss April 15 2011
I recently lost my fiance, i read this book several months later and found it to be a tremendous help in moving forward with my grief and my life. i purchased it for several other people dealing with loss since then and all have found it a great help. This book is ideal for anyone dealing with any type of loss as well as people supporting someone thru loss. If there were to be any tool that everyone should have for dealing with grief, this book would be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
It came quickly and my friend and her family who just lost their father and husband really appreciated the message of this book. It's beautiful
Published 1 month ago by Wynter Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars great for kids and adults
great book to read after losing a loved one- great for kids and adults grieving. non religious but not anti religious either
Published 2 months ago by parent of a pku child
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all Ages
I don't know really why this book works when it comes to grief, when I first read it I really didn't get it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Neil Allenbrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book helped me and is helping me deal with the loss of a Granddaughter. I have given it to other family members dealing with the same loss. A GREAT book and I recommend it!
Published 11 months ago by Barbara Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Children's Story in dealing with anytype of loss
Every home should have this book!! When people are grieving they don't necessarily want a big thick "how to get through" book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by h tangjerd
3.0 out of 5 stars dealing with loss
this book is more for younger children and not for adults, I wouldn't purchase this again but recommend for children who are healing from loss
Published 19 months ago by Debbie leaper
5.0 out of 5 stars DEALING WITH GRIEF
The understanding and expression of Grief is explored in depth. Artistic illustrations are superb. One can relate to the many causes of grief; the lesson learned is that grief is... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2011 by TQOTHC
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Soup
When my dad passed away I had stumbled upon this book. While reading the book I cried and cried. It was so what I needed to hear at that time. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2010 by DeborahK
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