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.
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.
Today my wife gave a copy to a friend who recently had a sudden and painful lost. We were pleased to have such a book on hand.
Bought for my sister after her son passed. She has found it helpful.
Grief is terrible. This book was valuable when we needed it most. We experienced a stillbirth and this book was a small lifeline. Thanks to the author for seeing those of us in pain.
There is a universality to what the author identifies. Nearly every sentence resonated in my grief stricken heart. There is comfort in knowing that you are not the only one. Janine writes in the introduction that she didn't address the loss of a pet. Because of the universality of feelings she captured, I felt as if she were describing the loss of my beloved dog. It is not difficult to substitute the loss of a pet in her writing. I wondered if in a next edition she would find it pretty simple to include our furry loved ones. I think this book helped me with my grief today. A day where all I did was cry and sleep. I thank her for her empathy.
I love this book because it’s not someone’s journal. Advice for everyone grieving anyone’s death. There is realistic language which might be offensive to some. I’m 73 grieving recent death of my 34 yr old daughter. I was not offended and like I said it’s reality!!