Grief is a Mess
Probably one of the best we have come across so far. It is amazing how much can be captured in a few illustrations and words. We enjoyed the variety of animals, expressions, and depictions of a way a person in grief could feel. We recommend it for folks of any age.
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
Finally, a book helpful for any age that speaks authentically, entertainingly and concisely about grief. Author/illustrator Jackie Schuld shares her triple gift of artistry, insight and humor.
Ping Ho, MA, MPH
Founding Director, UCLArts and Healing
What a warm, endearing, encouraging book that gives folks an inside glimpse into the mess we call "grief." I love this little book, and Jackie Schuld's illustrations are simply precious! I couldn't stop smiling because the animal drawings are so sweet. I'm sure this book will be a blessing and a help to everyone who reads it. Grief Is a Mess is a treasure!
Author, Stunned By Grief and Stunned By Grief Journal
The book is unusual, refreshing and the illustrations are exceptional. It is well-suited for anyone coping with a significant loss who wants an easy read - which is important. When grief is at its freshest, concentration is at its worst. Therefore long books sit unread.
It is also the first book I have seen that is good for adults as well as children. It would be great for a family read together.
I gave my copy to a client last week and said to put it on her nightstand for when she was finished pretending she was fine for the sake of others - and needed to get in touch with the truth: grief has made her life a mess.
Lastly - I am often asked to suggest a gift book for someone whose family member has died. This book is now at the top of my list.
Vicki Panagotacos, PhD FT
Grief and Loss Counselor
A quick-read with fun, powerful, and educational lessons on the grief journey. The author’s use of illustrations makes this book a great teaching tool for any age. A great resource for those who are grieving a loss as well as those who are helping someone who has experienced a loss.
Dora Carpenter, CPC
Author – Speaker – Coach – Mentor
Grief is a beast that swallows you up. It isolates, alienates and turns you into someone you and those closest to you may not recognize—and probably don’t like a whole lot. In short, as Jackie Schuld has titled her excellent new book, “Grief Is a Mess.” Jackie marshals the gallows humor that comes with grief, then adds her own whimsical illustrations. This is a book for anyone in the throes of grief, or for anyone seeking to understand someone else’s sadness. Grief is no laughing matter, but Jackie’s book will make you smile.