When Will I Stop Hurting?: Teens, Loss, and Grief

When Will I Stop Hurting?: Teens, Loss, and Grief

by Edward Myers
     
 

When Will I Stop Hurting?: Teens, Loss, and Grief is a self-help guide for teenagers who are struggling with bereavement and the emotional difficulties it presents. This book provides an overview of grief as a painful but normal process, and it offers insights from bereavement experts as well as practical suggestions for coping with loss, including accounts

Overview

When Will I Stop Hurting?: Teens, Loss, and Grief is a self-help guide for teenagers who are struggling with bereavement and the emotional difficulties it presents. This book provides an overview of grief as a painful but normal process, and it offers insights from bereavement experts as well as practical suggestions for coping with loss, including accounts from teens. This book closes a gap in the available literature on grief and bereavement that has tended to focus on adults and younger children. It provides a warm, accessible resource that will reassure teen readers about the normality of grief, encourage their understanding of what happens during the grief process, and provides resources to help teens cope with their experiences of loss. The author accomplishes these goals by explaining the psychology of grief, by providing psychologists' comments and advice on dealing with bereavement, and by offering teens' insights into their own experiences. Teens who are coping with loss and grief, as well as parents and other relatives, teachers, psychologists, and other adults who are concerned with teens' well being will find this book to be a valuable resource.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Myers creates a book that intends to help teens deal with loss and the grief that follows. The first chapter is perhaps the most helpful and insightful because it contains real stories of loss from teens across the country. Young adults who have experienced loss might benefit from reading the stories of their peers. They will learn that they are not alone and that others have experienced similar feelings. In chapters five and six, Myers discusses coping mechanisms that can be used during times of bereavement, suggesting everything from confiding in a trusted adult to eating right to seeking professional help. The resource guide that lists organizations and associations is a good place for teens to find additional information on loss and grieving. Volume eight in a series that hopes to help inquisitive teens find answers about illnesses, social issues, and different types of lifestyles, this book's only disappointment will be found in the illustrations. The illustrations are too childish and cartoonlike for such serious subject matter. One hopes that teens who are dealing with loss will not be deterred by these drawings. It is a simple oversight that can be easily overlooked. (It Happened to Me). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Scarecrow Press, 176p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 12 to 18.
—Jonatha Masters
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-An accessible and helpful title. Outlining the phases of the grieving process, Myers incorporates numerous personal accounts and quotes from young adults who have experienced the death of a family member into the text. He discusses the range of emotions young people may have from anger and fear to relief and sadness and assures readers that these feelings are normal. Encouragement is offered, reminding readers that most people who have experienced such a loss will recover. However, the author also acknowledges that grief can lead to depression and thoughts of suicide and offers checklists outlining warning signs. Throughout the book, students are encouraged to seek outlets for their emotions with trusted adults, family members, counselors, and therapy groups. The final chapter provides an annotated list of helpful organizations-grief counseling centers and other support groups-with contact information. Black line drawings are sprinkled throughout but add little to the text.-Julie Webb, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810849211
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
It Happened to Me Series, #8
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
0.44(w) x 7.00(h) x 10.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Edward Myers is the author of thirty published books, including nonfiction, fiction, and children's books.

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