Resources for Teens
Who Have Lost a Parent
- Helping Teenagers Cope With Grief
Good general essay by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, from HospiceNet.
- What You Can Do
From the National Funeral Director's Association--advice for relatives and friends of teens on what to do and how to listen. By minister and grief educator, Victor Parachin.
- Chris's Web Page
Personal webpage created by a woman who lost her mom to cancer when she was 16. Now 32, married, and a mother herself, Chris shares her story and invites grieving adolescents to offer their own experiences.
- My Mother's Death
One teen's account of her mother's death to breast cancer, from Death&Dying.com.
- Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins : A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing a Loss
by Enid Samuel Traisman
Journaling provides a creative way to help teens express and work through grief.
- Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird
by Jean Little
Teenage boy whose father is dying is helped through his grief by a friend. Currently out of print - consult local libraries.
- Saying it Out Loud
by Joan Abelove
A realistic and moving story of a 16-year-old girl's struggle with her mother's impending death from a brain tumor.
- Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope With Losing Someone You Love
by Earl A. Grollman
Insightful book on all types of teen grief, by theologian and grief expert.
- Tiger Eyes
by Judy Bloom
A 15-year-old girl must come to terms with the murder of her father and her family's subsequent move.
- Two Moons in August
by Martha Brooks
Poignant novel of a teenage girl whose family is still struggling to adjust a year after her mother's death.