Sometimes Life Sucks: When Someone You Love Dies

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A thorough, gentle book for teens to navigate their personal experience of grief, and for parents and teachers to use with teens struggling with loss
 

Whether it's the death of a grandparent, pet, school friend, a teen fatality, a peer with terminal illness, living without a parent, or the death of a celebrity, teenagers experience loss in many ways and must struggle to come to terms with their shock and grief. Full of helpful ...

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Overview

A thorough, gentle book for teens to navigate their personal experience of grief, and for parents and teachers to use with teens struggling with loss
 

Whether it's the death of a grandparent, pet, school friend, a teen fatality, a peer with terminal illness, living without a parent, or the death of a celebrity, teenagers experience loss in many ways and must struggle to come to terms with their shock and grief. Full of helpful tips, first person stories, and friendly advice, this resource helps teens navigate the loss of those they love. It covers such concerns as What can I do to help a friend who's grieving? What if I don't want to go to the funeral? What can I do when nothing seems to help? and Will other people think I don't care if I start to feel happy again?

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Gr 7–10—Through a series of vignettes, Carlile offers advice on to how to cope with loss. The discussions concern death in all its forms—young and old, sick and healthy, accidental, sudden, and expected. The author uses stories about specific circumstances to explain the feelings one sometimes encounters—guilt, sadness, disorientation, helplessness, etc. A former palliative-care nurse and counselor, she uses quotes from young people to demonstrate to readers that they are never alone in these circumstances, and the insights they share are helpful and encouraging. In addition, each chapter contains sidebars that give constructive steps to understand and address their grief. This book clearly and repeatedly tells readers that death enters everyone's life in unwanted and unexpected ways and that they should reach out to others to help deal with its effects. Although the writing is fairly straightforward, American kids may be stymied by many of the Australian terms and all of the help sites listed at the back of the book are Australian based.—Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
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"uses quotes from young people to demonstrate to readers that they are never alone in these circumstances, and the insights they share are helpful and encouraging."—School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Through a series of vignettes, Carlile offers advice on to how to cope with loss. The discussions concern death in all its forms—young and old, sick and healthy, accidental, sudden, and expected. The author uses stories about specific circumstances to explain the feelings one sometimes encounters—guilt, sadness, disorientation, helplessness, etc. A former palliative-care nurse and counselor, she uses quotes from young people to demonstrate to readers that they are never alone in these circumstances, and the insights they share are helpful and encouraging. In addition, each chapter contains sidebars that give constructive steps to understand and address their grief. This book clearly and repeatedly tells readers that death enters everyone's life in unwanted and unexpected ways and that they should reach out to others to help deal with its effects. Although the writing is fairly straightforward, American kids may be stymied by many of the Australian terms and all of the help sites listed at the back of the book are Australian based.—Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742371887
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 1,049,312
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Molly Carlile is a playwright, educator, and former palliative care nurse.

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