Today feels heavy.
Sometimes there things we can't fix for those we love, no matter how hard we try. Today, I feel frustrated, sad and helpless for those I love who are mourning right now. Though it won't fix anything or help anyone, binge watching Hallmark Christmas movies sounds like a really great plan.
So today, I want to share a book with you that Grandma Cathy shared with me when I suffered a loss, and it was very comforting. It felt like the book understood me. Maybe you are sad right now, too. Maybe your child, sister, best friend, co-worker, father or someone else you know is suffering. This book is my go-to gift to let people know that I care enough about them-- to be sad with them.
It is called Tear Soup: A Recipe For Healing After Loss and it is a perfect gift for those who are grieving-whatever the cause may be. It won't fix anything, but it is a good way to show love to those who have suffered a loss. (And if you take over a big pot of soup with it, I think they would definitely appreciate that as well.)
In storybook format, Tear Soup explains how everyone grieves differently. My way may not be your way and that is ok. It teaches that it is alright to be sad over a long period of time, and it's also ok to be happy sometimes. Sadness will suddenly pop up again at unexpected times and that is ok, too.
I love this book because it has pictures and simple language for kids, so it is easy for them to understand. Several years ago, I gave this book to some children in our neighborhood when their mother died unexpectedly. I hope it helped a little.
But I also love this book for adults, because it has such great insight into mourning, and how we can help those who grieve. This book does not have one specific tragic event it focuses on, but rather alludes to many types of losses: loss of a loved one, health, a job, status, a change of lifestyle, divorce, loss of a dream...there are many different ways to suffer.
This beautiful book teaches us how to show our love when someone we care about mourns a loss, and it is also instructive and comforting to the reader when they are in a dark place.
I hope you never need this book. But if you or someone you know does, I think you will be happy you found it.
If you are in a bad spot right now, I'd love to give a prayer for you. Just let me know.
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