Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love

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If you are a teenager whose friend or relative has died, this book was written for you. Earl A. Grollman, the award-winning author of Living When a Loved One Has Died, explains what to expect when you lose someone you love. He discusses:
  • normal reactions to the shock of death, including disbelief, anger, panic, and loneliness
  • how grief can ...
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Overview

If you are a teenager whose friend or relative has died, this book was written for you. Earl A. Grollman, the award-winning author of Living When a Loved One Has Died, explains what to expect when you lose someone you love. He discusses:
  • normal reactions to the shock of death, including disbelief, anger, panic, and loneliness
  • how grief can affect your relationships with family, friends and classmates
  • how participating in a funeral can help
  • surviving birthdays and anniversaries
  • how you can work through your grief and begin to live again
. Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers also includes a journal section where you can record your memories of the person who died, your feelings about the loss, and your hopes for the future.

Suggests ways to deal with the grief and other emotions felt after the death of a loved one and to discover how to go on living.

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Editorial Reviews

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'I thank God for Earl Grollman, and I thank Earl Grollman for this long-overdue book for grieving teenagers. Not only is it a treasure for kids, but it should be read by every school counselor and youth minister in America.' —Janice Harris Lord, national director of Victim Services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
School Library Journal
With brief entries such as "Accidental Death," "Self-Inflicted Death," "Talking," "Crying," and "Going Nuts," Grollman offers advice and answers the kinds of questions that teens are likely to ask themselves when grieving the death of someone close. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-- The major themes here are that unexpressed grief is damaging, and that the manner of grieving and its length are individual matters. There is also advice on directing rage constructively . In general, Grollman views the rituals established by organized religion as helpful. He writes from a universal perspective, for readers of any affiliation or none, presenting practical coping strategies for everyday life. He encourages teens to face the new reality, to seek out support groups, confide their thoughts to a journal, or go for counselling. Danger signals that indicate a need for professional help are listed. The one source given is the address of the ``National Directory of Children's Support Systems.'' The book contains much wisdom; unfortunately, its style and format impede the message. It is repetitive, making the same point in slightly different ways. Especially annoying is the interpolation of glib, sometimes banal aphorisms into sensitive passages of prose. On each page a few sentences are set against an expanse of white background, making the advice look more like free verse and giving an unfocused, run-on impression. The book concludes with self-help exercises that are entirely out-of-step with what has preceded them. More sophisticated and comprehensive than Elizabeth Richter's Losing Someone You Love (Putnam, 1986), but lacking the social history component of Margaret and Lawrence Hyde's Meeting Death (Walker, 1989), this title has potential, but sadly disappoints. --Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807025017
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 351,067
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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