When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing

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The death of a friend is a wrenching event for anyone at any age. Teenagers especially need help coping with this painful loss. This sensitive book answers questions grieving teens often have, like “How should I be acting?” “Is it wrong to go to parties and have fun?” and “What if I can’t handle my grief on my own?”

The advice is gentle, non-preachy, and compassionate; the author has seen her own children suffer from the death of a friend, and she knows what teens go through. ...

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Overview


The death of a friend is a wrenching event for anyone at any age. Teenagers especially need help coping with this painful loss. This sensitive book answers questions grieving teens often have, like “How should I be acting?” “Is it wrong to go to parties and have fun?” and “What if I can’t handle my grief on my own?”

The advice is gentle, non-preachy, and compassionate; the author has seen her own children suffer from the death of a friend, and she knows what teens go through. The revised edition includes new quotes from teens, new resources, and new insights into losing a friend through violence. Also recommended for parents and teachers of teens who have experienced a painful loss. Foreword by R.E.M. singer/songwriter Michael Stipe.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Death is difficult for people of all ages, but it often hits teens especially hard because of their emotional volatility. This book gives voice to their feelings, explains why they have them and offers tips on how to work through the pain.”
—Youth Today

“Makes learning how to grieve as painless and soothing as possible. . . . Gootman’s non-preachy and compassionate book gently handles this sensitive topic.” —NEA Today

“A tool with compassion and genuine understanding with advice that a grieving teen needs. . . .This book should be on the shelf of any parent, teacher, counselor, or youth worker.”—Youthworker

“A great starting place for young people who are hurting.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

 “The new illustrations make this edition more accessible than the earlier one . . . This compassionate, user-friendly book . . . should be made available to teens.” —School Library Journal

“This compassionate, user-friendly book lists pages of resources and suggested reading, and should be made available to teens.”—School Library Journal

Recommended Books for the Reluctant YA Reader--American Library Association

Books for the Teen Age--New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575421704
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2005
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 331,569
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author


Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D., is founder of Gootman Education Associates, an educational consulting company that provides workshops and seminars for parents and educators focusing on successful strategies for raising and teaching children. Dr. Gootman has been in the teaching profession for over 25 years, and her teaching experiences range from elementary school to the university level. The author of numerous books and articles, she is known nationally for her advocacy efforts on behalf of children, parents, and teachers.  Her media appearances include CNN and other major networks as well as radio and television broadcasts throughout the United States and Canada.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2009

    Educational

    I think this book is great for children who are too young to understand death. It is also a very sensitive book for grieving teens. There are many helpful strategies to help grieving teens who may not know what they are going through better understand what they can do to help themselves or fellow friends or family who are also grieving. This book was very good and helped me understand some ways people grieve that I never knew about. Some ways people deal with death that I would have never thought was because they were grieving.

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