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Death is Hard to Live With
by Janet Bode; Laurel Leaf, 1994
Cartoons, pop art and interviews
Facing Change, Falling Apart and Coming Together in the Teen Years
by Donna O'Toole; Compassion Books, 1995
Addresses grief as a response to many kinds of loss, what helps, resources and bouncing back
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.
The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends
by Helen Fitzgerald; Fireside, 2000
Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens
by Alan D. Wolfelt, Phd; Companion Press, 2001
Helping Teens Cope with Death
The Dougy Center; Dougy Center, 1999
Helping Teens Work Through Grief
by Mary Kelly Perschy; Accelerated Development, 1999
Aimed at adults to assist 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.
Saying Goodbye When You Don't Want To
by Martha Bolton, Vine Books
Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers
by Earl Grollman;
Beacon Press, 1993
Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement
by Karen Gravell; iUniverse, 2001
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.
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)
Robin Jones Gunn; Bethany House Publishers, 1998
Friend's death in a drug related surfing accident
When a Friend Dies, A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing
by Marilyn E. Grootman;
Free Spirit Press, 1994
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
How It Feels When a Parent Dies
by Jill Krementz;
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 "C" Word - Teenagers and Their Families Living with Cancer
by Elena Dorfman; Newsage Press, 1993
Five candid and inspiring stories of teens with cancer.
Coping When a Parent Has AIDS
by Barbara Hermie Draimin; Rosen Publishing Group, 1993.
Caring and to the point, prepares reader for changes and problems to be faced during and after a parent's illness.
Coping When a Parent Has Cancer
by Linda Leopald Strauss; Rosen Publishing Group, 1988.
Straight forward information for teens about the disease process and family grief reactions.
An Illness in Your Family
by Tabitha Wainwright; Rosen Publishing Group, 2001.
Multicultural teen photos, chapters about illness, change, and where to go for help.
My Brother Has AIDS
by Deborah Davis; Antheum, 1994
Teen fiction; 13-year-old Lacy's brother returns home to die of AIDS.
Nothing to Be Ashamed Of: Growing Up with Mental Illness in Your Family
by Sherry Dinner; Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1989
Junior non-fiction explains mental illnesses, Alzheimer's and eating disorders.
Teens with AIDS Speak Out
by Mary Kittridge; Julian Messner, March 1992.
What it is, how it is spread and what it's like to live with an illness that may end their lives.
When Heroes Die
by Penny Raife Durant; Antheum, 1992
Teen fiction; Uncle Rob has AIDS.
Allina Health Grief Resources
Judy Young, M Ed, manager of education and bereavement, Allina Health Home Care Services