For Teens


What’s Your Grief



You are Not Alone. Hughes, Lynne (2005). New York, NY: Scholastic Press.

The loss of a parent has been called “the loss that is forever” and young people who have suffered this loss feel espe­cially different than those around them. This book reaches out to teens and people who care for them with understanding and compassion. Frank and accessible testimonials, along with discussion of what helps, what doesn’t, what “stinks,” and ways to stay connected to loved ones.


Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens. Wolfelt, Alan (2001). Fort Collins, CO: Companion Press.

When you are a teen, the death of someone you love can be especially difficult. Being a teen is hard enough; being a grieving teen can feel completely overwhelming. This book was written to help teens understand and deal with their unique grief. It gives many really simple, practical ideas and suggested activities.


I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping & Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One. Noel, Brook and Blair, Pamela (2000). Vancouver, WA: Champion.


The Next Place. Hanson, Warren (1997). Minneapolis, MN: Waldman House.

An inspirational journey of light and hope to a place where earthly hurts are left behind.


The Boy Who Sat by the Window: Helping Children Cope with Violence.  Loftis, Chris and Gallagher, Catherine (1997). Far Hills, NJ: New Horizon. A story of a small boy whose classmate is killed by random gunfire includes coping skills and restores hope by instilling a message of peace.


Help for the Hard Times.  Hipp, Earl (1995). Hazelden.

A guide that helps teens understand how they experience grief and loss; how our culture, in general, doesn’t often ac­knowledge their losses or give them tools to grieve; how they can keep their loss from overflowing.