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You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After The Loss of a Parent

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Words of reassurance and strategies for coping with the loss of a parent, by the director of the nation's largest bereavement camp for children.

Loss is one of the most isolating experiences there is, and kids who have lost a parent feel especially different than those around them. Comfort Zone Camp was founded as a safe place for grieving children, and now this very special healing experience can reach an even larger audience of children and the people who care for them. ...

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Overview

Words of reassurance and strategies for coping with the loss of a parent, by the director of the nation's largest bereavement camp for children.

Loss is one of the most isolating experiences there is, and kids who have lost a parent feel especially different than those around them. Comfort Zone Camp was founded as a safe place for grieving children, and now this very special healing experience can reach an even larger audience of children and the people who care for them. Through frank and accessible testimonials, Lynne Hughes and the kids of CZC share the most difficult parts of their losses and offer their own experiences of what helps, what doesn't, what "stinks," and ways to stay connected to their loved ones. The CZC team (con'd)

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Publishers Weekly
Sometimes the best advice about the challenges in life is from someone who has lived through them. You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After the Loss of a Parent by Lynne B. Hughes, founder of Comfort Zone Camp ("a place for grieving kids who have lost someone they love"), begins with the author's own story (she lost both parents by the time she was 12) and integrates quotes from other teens who have experienced grief. Hughes addresses questions of added responsibilities, remarriage of a parent, and the wide range of emotions that can result from a parent's death. This is a thoughtful, conscientious approach to a challenging topic. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The author, founder and director of "Comfort Zone Camp" for grieving children, begins with her own story of losing both parents. Using quotations from teens from the camp as confirmation, she summarizes the experiences common among children who have lost a parent in childhood. They talk about the "empty space" in their lives, feeling the need to take on the role of the missing parent, the ache of seeing other children with their parents, a sense of injustice, and the feeling of being different from others their own age. Other topics covered are coping with changes at home, dealing with the reactions of others, and remembering the loved one. It is asserted that healing is a lifelong process. As an older adult who lost a parent as a child, I found this book amazingly helpful and affirming. This is a book for anyone whose parents died when they were children whether the parents died from natural causes, accident, or suicide. 2005, Scholastic Press, and Ages 10 up.
—Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Hughes, the founder of Comfort Zone Camp for grieving kids, believes that sharing experiences about losing a parent begins the healing process. Her purpose in writing the book is to let teens know that they don't have to feel isolated-there is help available for them. The book opens with the author's story of losing both of her parents by the age of 12 and living with an unloving stepmother. Fourteen chapters lead readers through the process of grieving and dealing with life without a parent. Quotes from former campers are interspersed throughout the book, giving insight into a variety of ways young people have dealt with loss. One teen states: "People get that losing a parent is hard, but I don't think they fully understand everything we lose with them. It isn't just a person that is lost, it is a lifetime worth of memories yet to be made." Talking with a counselor, therapist, teacher, coach, or religious leader is suggested, along with keeping a journal. Information about Comfort Zone Camp is appended. This helpful book offers consolation in knowing that others have also experienced immeasurable loss while giving helpful suggestions on how to deal with the pain.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439585903
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: You Are Not Alone
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2005

    Necessary for kids (and their parents) after a loss

    I was 20 when I lost my mom to cancer and even now, over 13 years later, I still identified so vividly with the thoughts and feelings expressed by teens in this book. I wish You Are Not Alone had been around at that time. There was so much I didn't know and could have learned from reading it. As a parent now I also feel the book offers insights for us to understand better what our children might be experiencing during the loss of a loved one. There is no other book written that deals so accurately and compassionately with this devastating experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    A truly wonderful resource for teens & adults alike!

    I'm biased as a longtime volunteer at CZC who travels 13 hours from Toronto, Canada every year just to be a part of this wonderful place. I purchased the book and read it cover to cover in one morning, took me about 2 1/2 hours. I sat down and was compelled to write Lynne a very personal four page letter expressing everything that came to mind reading the book and how much she (and the camp) means to me. It was an awesome experience as much because alot of the names & stories are familiar to me and because I can relate personally to almost every chapter but truthfully it's because I found answers to questions I had been asking elsewhere in my life, even at my age (36). I'm also a survivor of childhood loss, losing my dad at the age of 12 years old. I Highly recommend this book as a resource for parents, caregivers & teens alike!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2005

    A Comfort To All

    I have just become involved with CZC and it is the best way to volunteer! This book applies to any one any age. We have all lost loved ones somewhere along the way and this book is very comforting and deals directly with the subject of death and how to cope. Thank You, Lynne! mj

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    We really are NOT alone!!!

    I lost my mother over 5 years ago and attended my first Comfort Zone Camp shortly afterwards. Being at CZC helped me realize that I am not alone in this horrible process. Since then I have been to over 25 camps as a volunteer and camper. I am now almost 20 and in my second year of college and just finished the book, and now know more than ever that I am really not alone. I would reccomend this book to any grieving person, young or old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    A great tool for grieving teens!

    This book is a very useful tool for teens who have lost a parent. Lynne does a great job of relating to teens in her loss and of quoting teenagers who are grieving. The book is full of tips on coping mechanisms and helpful advice for teens. Great job, Lynne!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    Thr book is 'right there'

    My children loss there father 2 years ago. We have gone to Comfort Zone and very helpful. I have always thought my eyes were OPEN to there greif but this books is 'right there' things that unless you have gone through the loss, you can not know.This book is a must if you are a teacher,councler or know someone who has a loss because what a TRUE eye OPENER. I am reading it with my 10 year old. Thanks Connie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    Great work at CZC

    I've benefited greatly from Lynne's work with CZC and know that her methods for grief counselling are well tested and create results in the heart of a child and teenager. My own daughter has attended CZC after the death of her father and the core structure of Lynne's experiences with kids are described in the book. This is helpful for a loved one that wants to help a child understand the loss, recogize it and how to move on so such a traumatic event will not forever alter the child into adulthood.

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