Tear Soup: A Recipe For Healing After Loss

by | Jun 7, 2012 | Grief, Review

I am really excited to share the book Tear Soup with you. The subtitle of the book by mother and son Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen is “a recipe for healing after loss”. It is written like a children’s book. It looks like a children’s book. But Tear Soup is a book for all ages. The illustrations by Taylor Bills, who is also a member of the extended family, provide more depth to the already rich text. Tear Soup is a book for children and adults, for those grieving and those who care about those who are grieving. It has something to say to everyone and applies to all kinds of loss. The loss experienced in the book is never named and it is not obvious, which allows the story to fit more easily for a greater selection of readers. Tear Soup also contains “cooking tips”  and a list of resources at the end of the book. 
I first learned about Tear Soup from Tonggu Momma. I read her blog regularly because I love how she talks about adoption and how she parents her kids. I immediately requested it from the library. By the fourth page, the illustrations had sucked me in and made it clear that there was a lot of wisdom behind this book. By the fifth page, it was clear that Tear Soup was written from experience and had much to teach readers about grief. Before I had finished the book, I had decided that I needed to order two copies – one for myself and one for a friend who is currently experiencing more loss than I want to imagine. I debated ordering three to keep one at home and one at the office. 
Tear Soup truly is a recipe for healing after loss. It is written with compassion and understanding. It can both comfort and guide. Some of the content may be directed toward adult readers, but the children’s book format makes it manageable when grief is distracting. Tear Soup is a book I would encourage everyone to keep on hand. Even if you are not in the midst of loss, there will be a time when you will find it helpful. Tear Soup is also a book that you can read to your children when they are grieving. Tonggu Momma explained how her daughter opened up more and was able to process after reading Tear Soup. Also, the “cooking tips” for when “a child is the cook” are very insightful and can be a very helpful guide to parents. 
Tear Soup is a book that I will read to my child. It is a book that I will read to myself when I am grieving. It is a book that I will recommend to clients. It is also a book that I will gift to others who have experienced loss, especially when I don’t know what to say

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