Other Resources

Other Resources

Facebook Groups

  • Bittersweet Place — Bittersweet Place provides updates about their programming in the Johnson County, Missouri area and occasional tips about how to support yourself and those around you during grief.
  • Grief Support Network — Grief Support Network is a community-based nonprofit organization that helps people to transform through the process of grief.
  • The Grief Toolbox — The Grief Toolbox offers tools for finding hope along grief’s journey.

Websites

  • Coalition to Support Grieving Students — This website provides videos and downloadable grief support modules for particularly for school personnel, but others supporting grieving children and teens will also find the materials helpful.
  • The Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children & Families — The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.
  • The National Alliance for Grieving Children — The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.
  • Shared Grief — The Shared Grief Project envisions a world where no child grieves alone. To achieve this, we share the stories of individuals who have experienced a major loss at an early age and have gone on to live healthy, happy and successful lives.

Grief Resource Books for Teens

This list of books was compiled by author Linda Goldman, FT, LCPC, NBCC  and appeared in the TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Magazine in Fall 2011 here.

  • Death is Hard to Live With by Janet Bode (1993). Teenagers openly express how they have coped with the loss of someone they have loved.
  • Facing Change by Donna O’Toole (1995). The author provides an abundance of information and coping choices to assist the grief process for teens. Practical ways to help normalize grief are included.
  • Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins by Enid Traisman (1992). This is a practical workbook for teenagers to explore thoughts and feelings and record grief memories.
  • The C-Word by Elena Dorfman (1994). A book for teenagers and their families coping with the disease of cancer and the deaths it may cause.
  • When A Friend Dies by Marilyn Gootman (1994). This is an excellent resource for teens about grieving and healing. The author uses the words of many teens, affirms their feelings, and presents positive ways of coping with these feelings.

Listed here are other books recommended by readers.

  • The Grieving Teen : A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald (2000).  In this unique and compassionate guide, renowned grief counselor Helen Fitzgerald turns her attention to the special needs of adolescents struggling with loss and gives teens the tools they need to work through their pain and grief.
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD (2001). With sensitivity and insight, this book offers suggestions for healing activities that can help survivors learn to express their grief and mourn naturally.
  • Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve by Jenny Lee Wheeler (2010). Teens grieve differently from adults and often get lost in the shuffle after the death of a loved one. Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve is unique because it is a self-help book for grieving teens written by an actively grieving teen.

Grief Resource Books for Educators Working With Teens

This list of books was compiled by author Linda Goldman, FT, LCPC, NBCC  and appeared in the TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Magazine in Fall 2011 here.

  • Breaking The Silence: A Guide to Help Children With Complicated Grief by Linda Goldman (2001) 2nd ed. This book is a comprehensive work for professionals working with children traumatized by complicated grief issues such as sudden death, suicide, homicide, AIDS, violence, and community trauma.
  • Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children by Linda Goldman (2000). This is a user-friendly resource guide that provides practical insights, ideas, and understanding to work with grieving young people.
  • Helping Teens Work through Grief by Mary Perschy (1997). This book is a great support for anyone wanting to provide group activities for teens who are dealing with grief. It includes ways to work through grief using clay, painting, movement, writing, and music through group and paired activities.
  • Raising Our Children to Be Resilient: A Guide to Helping Children Cope with Trauma in Today’s World by Linda Goldman (2005). This practical resource is for parents, educators, and mental health professionals working with teens and the many aspects involved with traumatic grief.
  • Teen Age Grief (TAG) Program by Linda Cunningham (1990). The teenage grief program described in this book is a grief support structure established for school systems. Its basic six-week structure is formatted in detail, with specific and valuable techniques to use with teens in a group setting.