April 25, 2012
Teens and grief
When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing
by Marilyn E. Gootman
The death of a friend is a terrible shock. It is a difficult event to deal with, even more so if you are a teen. For many teens, a friend's death is the first death they have ever experienced in their lives, and the first funeral they have ever attended. They're often unsure how to act, how to grieve, how to go on.
Author Marilyn Gootman has seen her own children suffer from the death of a friend, and she understands what teenagers go through when another teen dies. In this gentle, compassionate guide, she acknowledges their feelings, offers reassurance, and helps them find ways to heal. Quotes from teens who have also experienced loss show that they are not alone.