Welcome to the grief club Because you don't have to go through it alone

Janine Kwoh

Book - 2022

"Welcome to the Grief Club-a place where one human who experienced a terrible loss, Janine Kwoh, is at the door to welcome other humans who are grieving. It is not an instruction manual, or a step-by-step playbook, or a memoir. It is, rather, a fresh, empathetic approach to all of the surprising, confusing, brutal, funny, and downright bizarre parts of grief. Combining her own experiences with grief-the author's partner died when both were in their late 20s-with what she learned from o...thers in her "grief club," Kwoh uses brief writings and observations, hand-drawn illustrations, and diagrams to explore all the different ways grief happens. Plus, wisdom and understanding in every line-There is no right or wrong way to grieve-and permission to grieve in whichever ways you need, for however long you need to. What to do when the world is your grief trigger. Signs you have grief brain. And gentle assurances: Grief isn't linear, but it does change and will soften over time. It is a book to put into the hands of anyone who is grieving, because from its very first page, that person will know they are no longer alone"--

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Illustrated works
Published
New York : Workman Publishing [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xvi, 111 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN
9781523511716
1523511710
Main Author
Janine Kwoh (author)
  • Introduction
  • A guide to reading this book
  • Other supports
  • Welcome to the grief club
  • There is no right or wrong way to grieve
  • It's ok to feel many things at the same time
  • Not all grief is the same, but all grief is valid
  • Grief hurts, literally
  • What resilience actually looks like
  • Grief isn't linear, but it does change
  • Getting along with your grief monsters
  • A closing wish
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the author.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Welcome to the Grief Club-a place where one human who experienced a terrible loss, Janine Kwoh, is at the door to welcome other humans who are grieving. It is not an instruction manual, or a step-by-step playbook, or a memoir. It is, rather, a fresh, empathetic approach to all of the surprising, confusing, brutal, funny, and downright bizarre parts of grief. Combining her own experiences with grief-the author's partner died when both were in their late 20s-with what she learned from others in her "griefclub," Kwoh uses brief writings and observations, hand-drawn illustrations, and diagrams to explore all the different ways grief happens. Plus, wisdom and understanding in every line-There is no right or wrong way to grieve-and permission to grieve in whichever ways you need, for however long you need to. What to do when the world is your grief trigger. Signs you have grief brain. And gentle assurances: Grief isn't linear, but it does change and will soften over time. It is a book to put into the hands of anyone who is grieving, because from its very first page, that person will know they are no longer alone"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Filled with new insight, empathy and touches of humor, this different and modern kind of grief book reflects on how we grieve; explores the facets of grief, and brings the comfort of community and shared experience, reminding us we are not alone. 30,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Welcome to the club that no one ever wants to join but so many of us end up needing. We’re so sorry that you’re here. Based on her own experience with grief—the author’s partner died when both were in their late twenties—and those of other Grief Club members, Janine Kwoh uses 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A different and very modern kind of grief book: not a book about how to grieve, but rather a reflection and affirmation of how we grieve, with thoughtful writing and a graphic approach. Janine Kwoh's expression of her grief experience alongside universal truths allow readers to laugh, cry, take what’s useful and leave what’s not, and ultimately feel more seen and less alone.