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Suggested books: death/grief for teens


Life Happens: A Teenagers Guide to Friends, Failure, Sexuality, Love, Rejection, Addiction,
Peer Pressure, Families, Loss, Depression and Change (non-fiction)
Kathy McCoy, Charles Wibbelsman; Berkley Publishing Group, 1996
Includes the death of a family member, symptoms of depression and what to expect from a
mental health provider in addition to other teenage issues.

Helping Teens Cope with Death
The Dougy Center; Dougy Center, 1999

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens
by Alan D. Wolfelt, Phd; Companion Press, 2001

Saying Goodbye When You Don't Want To
by Martha Bolton  Vine Books, March 2002

The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends
by Helen Fitzgerald; Fireside, 2000

Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement  
by Karen Gravell; iUniverse, 2001

Death is Hard to Live With
by Janet Bode; Laurel Leaf, 1994
Cartoons, pop art and interviews

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers
by Earl Grollman; Beacon Press, 1993

Facing Change, Falling Apart and Coming Together in the Teen Years
by Donna OToole; Compassion Books, 1995  
Addresses grief as a response to many kinds of loss, what helps, resources and bouncing back

Helping Teens Work Through Grief
by Mary Kelly Perschy; Accelerated Development, 1999
Aimed at adults to assist teens

Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins by Enid Traisman, 2006.
A journal for teenagers. Teens can write letters, copy down meaningful lyrics, write songs and poems, tell the person who died what they want them to know, finish business and use their creativity to work through the grieving process.

When Death Walks In by Mark Scrivani, 2005.
Helpful and supportive information for facing grief during the teen years; taking care of yourself, dreams, memorializing your loved one, and going back to school.


When a Friend Dies, A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing
by Marilyn E. Grootman; Free Spirit Press, 1994

Bridge to Terabithia - fiction, teaching guides available.
by Katherine Peterson; HarperTrophy, 1987
Accidental death of friend

Face at the Edge of the World by Eve Bunting; Clarion Books, 1988
(Suicide of African American friend)

Summer Promise
Robin Jones Gunn; Bethany House Publishers, 1998
Friend's death in a drug related surfing accident


How It Feels When a Parent Dies
by Jill Krementz; Knopf, 1988
Photo essays from children ages 7 - 18

Tiger Eyes - fiction
by Judy Blume; Laurel Leaf, 1982
Dad murdered at a 7-11 store


A Summer to Die
by Lois Lowry; Laurel Leaf, 1984
Sister's death from leukemia


The Secret Letters of Mama Cat - fiction
by Jody Sorenson; Walker and Company, 1988
Junior High girl adjusts to death of grandmother and a move

Toning the Sweep - fiction
by Angela Johnson; Scholastic Paperbacks, 1994
Coretta Scott King award winner
African American story of visits to a grandmother dying of cancer

Compiled by Judy Young, M.Ed., Grief Counselor, Allina Hospitals and Clinics
Phone: 651-241-4026

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