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Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Loss

Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Loss

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by Pat Schwiebert, Chuck DeKlyen, Taylor Bills (Illustrator)

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Tear Soup is the story of Grandy, who has just suffered a big loss in her life. She blends emotions and memories into Tear Soup as a way to work thru the healing and grieving process


Tear Soup is the story of Grandy, who has just suffered a big loss in her life. She blends emotions and memories into Tear Soup as a way to work thru the healing and grieving process

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8.72(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.43(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Loss 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
This book helped me to realize that everything I am feeling since my mother passed away is something, someone, somewhere has felt before. The world has been revolving for years, but when it came my time to give up my mother, it felt like it should stop. My friend brought this book to me and read it aloud. While the tears flowed freely and so easily down my face, it felt like the words from this book were pouring out of my heart and onto the pages. Someone else knew what I was feeling!!!! I know only time can help heal such pain. I am thankful I have a friend who loved me enough to pass this book along and share it and her time with me. Friends and family are so very important. Share this book with someone who is going through the grieving process. It is a God-send.  The book tells how people are afraid to approach someone who's grieving, and how people who try to be helpful, sometimes are not. It follows the stages of grief, and how you have to allow yourself all the time you need.      
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am the mother of a wonderful young man who died unexpectedly at 25yrs. old.What grief! A patient in our clinic brought this book for me to read. It is what you really go through. Everyone who has lost someone or knows someone who has should read this.
BSAmom More than 1 year ago
This book is great for all ages even adults dealing with grief I keep some on hand to give to people I know who have suffered a loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers all of the emotions involved in the grieving process in simple terms. Adults can cover (and children) that people grieve differently at different timespans and in different ways. It was given to me as a present by someone I was helping and I in turn, purchased another, gave it to another widow and also suggested to a clergy that he use it in his dealings with death. I think it is a great book that tells people that what they are going through is normal with good suggestions on how to help themselves and how you, as a friend can help. Thumbs Up!
lizcbc More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet and validating book, perfect for use with bereaved children, whether you are a clinician, school counselor, or a caring adult in their life. The "cooking tips" are great. I use this in a children's grief support group, along with an activity from a book of activities by Liana Lowenstein (Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques). The kids come up with recipes for their own "tear soup" and have really related Grandy's story to their own families' experiences.
Marcena Thompson More than 1 year ago
wish they had these in e-books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought three, kept one for myself, gave one to my Mother and one to a friend. I found it to be quite helpful with my grief. I will refer to it time and time again and still find it useful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book! As a former guidance counselor (retired) I wish I had had this during my many wonderful years with youth...motivation a group discussion & interpretation of the great ideas given. However, I tend to lean toward the opinion that this book is more for adults. OR for adults to read with their youngsters. Some of the analogy could be above even the middle school years (as indicated by the age range targetted). It's terrifically illustrated & beautifully stated. I ordered one for myself and for several friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book to give to someone who has suffered a loss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for all ages after the loss of a loved one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really helped me get through a big loss a few years ago when I was 11 years old. It helped explain to me the grieving process and helped me relate what I was going through. And, not only was it good for me, but my mom too. It can touch many different people and help them through any loss they're going through. And now that I'm older and it's been a few years, I see now that what I was going through was completely normal. This book helped me so much, and I will always turn to it whenever I'm suffering any loss.
Jo_B More than 1 year ago
I've always had trouble telling people that things would be ok after they suffered the loss of a loved one -- When my mother passed away around Thanksgiving my daughter and I were trying to find books that would help us learn to be ok with the loss. My mother LOVED to cook soup! It was her number ONE comfort meal -- so when we found this book we thought of her and when we read it together we CRIED and smiled and laughed and learned that we were going to be ok! We cry a little less each time we read it :-) We have shared it with 2 other families that were struggling with loosing a loved one rather suddenly -- this book became a favorite for their family and especially their children. -- Check it out -- TOTALLY worth it!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dear friend gave me this book when I lost my husband in 2003. It helped me understand in a very simple way just how many different ways people handle a loss and work through their grief. It also helped me understand the efforts people around me were making to comfort me; some people are there for the long haul, and others are over it long before you are, but just in knowing how others may react helped me not to be upset with the ones who moved on or to consider them unsympathetic. I have loaned it (because I want to keep a copy) to family, friends, and co-workers who have also suffered loss, and they too have found comfort in it's words. But I have found sometimes just purchasing and giving them their own copy is best. The text and pictures are appropriate for all ages, and the loss that the Grandy character works through is generic so that the audience can apply their own understanding of their situation to what she may be going through. If you or someone you know is grieving a loss (no matter how big or small), I cannot express how highly I recommend this book!
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Montana_Native More than 1 year ago
After I was given a copy of this from my daughter-in-law following the death of my brother, I purchased 2 of these books to give to a friend and a family member who also suffered a recent loss. It is a great book and I would recommend it highly.
BarbaraH More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for any child or adult who has ever lost anyone or experienced grief/loss in any way. The art work follows the story in a gentle way that guides the reader through the story in a gentle way. There is a compassion and understanding in the story that every person who has walked this road, young or old will understand. I have used this book with grief groups and they love it. Friends who have experienced loss will remind me of the book when someone else suffers a loss. It is a real gem of a book! It talks to the heart!
OneFrancieJane More than 1 year ago
I bought a blank journal from Barnes and Noble the day before a friend gave this book to me I never used it for what I had originally bought it for because it turned out to be My Grief Journal. After reading Tear Soup, I realized I needed to journal what I yearned to say to those who are lost to me. No they are not dead, they choose to be estranged from me. I have reread Tear Soup and continued to journal my grief thoughts, feelings, and prayers. It has been comforting and therapuetic to have a place to say what I cannot to the living. I have bought a copy for three friends and my pastor. I recommend the book every chance I get to the suffering who come in my path. The resources in the back and website are fantastic. I purchased the DVD and plan to form a church small group to share Tear Soup's story, resources, and counsel. What a blessing this book is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having lost my husband to cancer, I read this book to my grandchildren so they might have a better understanding of my sadness. I would give this book to anyone who has lost something or someone, it makes sense of how we might deal with our sadness. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only hesitation about this book is that it is not concrete enough for children dealing with loss. It's a beautiful story and book but if you are looking for a book to help a child through their first loss and the child is young (mine is 4), this may be too metaphorical. I love it for myself and even considered giving it to a friend who lost a child. And, maybe in a few years, it will be helpful for him as well but at this point, I don't think he'll get it. He's so sensitive that I think it will just make him sad.
book-keeper More than 1 year ago
This is a very sensitive and helpful book for those who are grieving. It touches many different feelings and experiences of those who are going through loss. The loss may include death, divorce, etc. It is geared toward children, but the reader will also learn about the grieving process. It is very appropriate to give to families going through loss and will be read over and over with new insites.