Tear Soup – a recipe for healing after loss

 Helpful ingredients to consider:

A pot full of tears

• One heart willing to be broken open

• A dash of bitters

• A bunch of good friends

• Many handfuls of comfort food

• A lot of patience

• Buckets of water to replace the tears

• Plenty of exercise

• A variety of helpful reading material

• Enough self care

• Season with memories

• Optional: one good therapist and/or support group

Choose the size pot that fits your loss. It’s okay to increase pot size if you miscalculated. Combine ingredients. Set the temperature for a moderate heat. Cooking times will vary depending on the ingredients needed. Strong flavors will mellow over time. Stir often. Cook no longer than you need to.

Be creative

• Trust your instincts

• Cry when you want to, laugh when you can

• Freeze some soup to use as a starter for next time

• Keep your own soup-making journal so you won’t forget.

Serves: One

Grandy’s Recipe for Tear Soup

Excerpt from the family storybook – Tear Soup, a recipe for healing after loss By Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen. Illustrated by Taylor Bills Copyright: Grief Watch 2011 http://www.griefwatch.com

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