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

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

by Lynne Hughes
 

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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

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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. 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)

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439585903
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
You Are Not Alone
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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