Authors: Pat Schweibert, Chuck DeKlyen
Tear Soup, a recipe for healing after loss, is a family story book that centers around an old and somewhat wise woman, Grandy. Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life and so she is headed to the kitchen to make a special batch of Tear Soup.
There she chooses the size pot that is right for her loss, and she puts on her apron because she knows it’s going to be messy. And then Grandy starts to cry. At first she weeps, then she sobs, eventually she wails.
Slowly the pot is filled with tears as the old woman steps away. To season her soup, Grandy adds memories like the good times and the bad times, the silly and the sad times. She does not want to forget even one precious memory of her loss.
Tear Soup recognizes and reinforces the fact that every member of the family, from the youngest to the oldest, will grieve in their own way. Taking their own time and in doing so, find those things which help them best. Essentially, we each make our own batch of Tear Soup when we grieve the loss of someone we love or for any major change in our lives. We make Tear Soup when we move far away from the ones we love, or lose our job.
Tear Soup is universal. No one is left out. Because we never learn exactly who or what Grandy lost and why she is making Tear Soup, the story remains open to countless situations of bereavement and family members. By emphasizing the individual process of bereavement by making soup, Grandy brings a warm and comfortable feeling to an otherwise difficult subject matter for many individuals.