Welcome to the Grief Club: Signed Book
Welcome to the Grief Club is my illustrated book on grief, published 2022 with Workman Publishing. This is a gentle and validating book for anyone who is grieving a loss, or for anyone who wants to better understand what the experience of grief & loss can be like. I hope this book brings a spot of comfort in hard times.
Watch Welcome to the Grief Club on Good Morning America
Gifting option: If you want to send a gift to someone who is grieving, you can purchase a care package that includes a signed book and sympathy card with the option to include a personalized note here.
About the book:
Based on my own experience of grief— I lost a partner in my 20s—and as those of other Grief Club members, I wrote this book of brief writings, illustrations, and creative diagrams to explore the wide range of emotions and experiences that grief can encompass.
For anyone who has lost a loved one or who is close to someone who is grieving, Welcome to the Grief Club is a book of solace, connection, hope, and reassurance. It addresses with empathy and honesty the aspects of grief that so many of us experience but that aren’t widely discussed: the variety and volatility of emotions—sadness, anger, guilt, joy; the physical symptoms of grief; and how grief isn’t linear, but it does change and soften over time. It affirms that there is truly no right or wrong way to grieve and assures us that the things we feel that surprise us or seem strange are often common and always valid.
Humor helps us to survive, and the book uses a lighthearted approach to cover powerful topics, like supremely unhelpful things that people say to those who are grieving, grief trigger bingo, and everyday acts of resilience. This book is a companion that says, I see you and you are not alone, from one grieving person to another. It is a gentle reminder to give yourself permission to grieve for as long as—and in whichever ways—you need.
“Grief is an overwhelming journey without a road map, but Janine Kwoh has generously given us this lantern to carry down an uncharted path. Welcome to the Grief Club provides instant community for one of the loneliest experiences a person can go through.” —Mari Andrew, New York Times bestselling author of Am I There Yet?
PRESS FOR WELCOME TO THE GRIEF CLUB
- The You Project- Welcome to the Grief Club - Janine Kwoh (Nov 8, 2022)
- Publishers Weekly - Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Nonfiction (Sept 30, 2022)
- Getting Under the Surface - Welcome to the Grief Club, a Discussion on Loss and the Grieving Process — Janine Kwoh (March 2022)
- Shelf Awareness Review from Reading Between The Lines by Kathleen Gerard - Welcome to the Grief Club: Because You Don't Have to Go Through It Alone (Feb 2022)
- Dougy Center Grief Out Loud Podcast - Welcome To The Grief Club - Janine Kwoh - Episode 216 (Feb 15, 2022)
- The SHOW UP Society Podcast - Ep. 115: artist and author janine kwoh helps people feel less alone (February 2022)
This book is awesome! I am 25 years old and its been 3 years since my boyfriend passed away from an accident. I have a hard time connecting with my peers (and a difficult time dating) because people my age don't have a lot of experience with grief. I love to leave this book on my coffee table for people to flip through. I know it can be awkward to be around someone who is grieving and while they may have the best of intentions, they don't always know what to say. Thank you for making this ADORABLE book- it's perfect <3
I love “Welcome to the Grief Club.” Not only did it provide solace during a great Loss - I come back to it as grief morphs in it’s trademarked non-linear fashion.
It is now a go to for whenever I need to share my condolences.
Thank you, Janine, for this creation of grief and love alchemized.
2-1/2 years since my wife died. Of the many books about grieving I've sought, this one is best. Kwoh is already a wonderful artist/writer. When she uses her talent to deal with her grief, she has a beautiful insight with deep compassion and humor. She has grieved and expresses her journey with creativity, honest her her special talents.
Janine Kwoh has drawn and written a great book about grieving. My wife died 2-1/2 years ago. This is the best book about grieving I've found. There are many. Her special brand of expression, humor, compassion, and sadness combine into an excellent book. My grief is deeper, but not beyond feeling, with this book at my side.
Only negative is the type is very small. I don't use a magnifying glass for reading and I wanted it for this book.
I bought two copies, one for a friend who lost their spouse and one for myself to help grieving my Mom and my border collie. It does my heart good to read through the pages, open the book randomly, and sometimes just hold the book!