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Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss

Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen

If you are going to buy only one book on grief, this is the one to get! It will validate your grief experience, and you can share it with your children. You can leave it on the coffee table so others will pick it up, read it, and then better appreciate your grieving time. Grand’s Cooking Tips section at the back of the book is rich with wisdom and concrete recommendations. Better than a casserole!

Hardbound; 56 full-color pages. Affirms the bereaved. Educates the un-bereaved. A building-block for children….. WINNER! of the 2001 Theologos Book Award, presented by the Association of Theological Booksellers.

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About the Author Pat Schwiebert & Chuck DeKlyen

With more than thirty years of experience working with grieving individuals and groups, Pat is proud to be the founder and executive director of Grief Watch. Pat is the author of many books, including Tear Soup, a recipe for healing after loss, We Were Gonna Have a Baby…But Had An Angel Instead, When Hello Means Goodbye, and has created a number of other resources to help those who are grieving. To learn more about Pat and her organization visit
Chuck DeKlyen was born in 1969 in Los Angeles, California, but spent the majority of his childhood in a large household in Portland, Oregon. Even as a young boy, Chuck had a love for the theatre and later went on to receive a BA in Drama at the University of Portland. His passion for the performing extends beyond drama into music and to this day he is still the drummer for a local rock band.

From a young age, Chuck was introduced to a world of community service and hospice ministry. During his childhood, Chuck’s mother, Pat Schwiebert, was a hospice nurse and ran a soup kitchen which still weekly serves meals after all these years. Pat had already published a number of small books when she and Chuck decided to collaborate on the book Tear Soup, a recipe for healing after loss.

Chuck is blessed to share the chaos and daily joys of parenthood with his wife, Annie, and their two children, Morgan and Connor.

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