Talking about emotions doesn’t come naturally to everyone. We don’t always have the vocabulary to name or describe our feelings. Sometimes emotions are strong, overwhelming or just plain hard. Having a tool such as a book or a story can be a helpful way to start a conversation.
Rebecca Ryder, MA, NCC, LPCC-S, Assistant Regional Program Director finds the book “Tear Soup” by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen to be a strong resource for anyone experiencing the emotions of grief and loss. This picture book offers a simple story line of an older woman named Grandy who makes a special recipe as a way to process her grief. The book points out that people can grieve many different things, that everyone’s grief looks different, and that grief takes time.
This modern-day fable is a great tool for adults to share with children but you may also find it uplifting in your own personal mourning journey.