The sad book

This is “Michael Rosen’s Sad Book.” I bought it as a gift to myself for Genevieve’s birthday. Rosen writes about all of the ways he tries to cope with his sadness after his son dies. Sometimes he tells a friend, and sometimes he screams in the shower, and sometimes he tries to do one happy thing each day.

This book has lovely illustrations and is meant for children, but it’s just as meaningful for adults. In some ways, a book written for children is much more helpful because children are so honest about their feelings, whereas adults try to hide or disguise them. And though we all handle grief differently, I think there’s a nearly universal experience of thinking we can somehow trick ourselves out of being sad. So when you’re delivering your next casserole to a grieving friend, consider giving a copy of this, too.