Top 5 Grief Books for Children Ages 13-17

  • February 01, 2016
  • Author The Moyer Foundation
  • Topic Childhood Grief
  • Type Article

Grief is the natural, normal and necessary response to loss.  It is made up of many different emotions - ranging from sadness to anger to guilt and everything in between.  Adjusting to loss in a long process and is unique to each and every person.  Children and adults face the same jumble of confusing emotions.  Books can be an important tool for understanding emotions and sparking conversation.  Listen with your heart and validate their feelings.  The following books have been chosen as the top 5 for children aged 13-17.   We have provided links to purchase the books on* but please check your local bookstore for their availability if that works for you.

1. Tear Soup- Pat Schwiebert Purchase on Amazon
 Affirms the bereaved. Educates the un-bereaved. A building-block for children..... WINNER! of the 2001 Theologos Book Award, presented by the Association of Theological Booksellers.

2. When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens – Marilyn E. Gootman Ed.D. : 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?” Purchase on Amazon

3. A Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teens and Friends - Helen Fitzgerald : 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. 
Purchase on Amazon

4. Heaven's Child - Caroline Flohr : The book covers sudden loss; death of a child; relationships within a family; funerals and traditions; doubts, faith and hope; marriages, divorces, and parenting; forgiveness and healing; the power of memories and intuition; inner strength, and the resilience of the human spirit. Heaven's Child shows us that the grieving process is personal, that it's not just about death but also about any loss in our life; that grieving is not about endings...but about new beginnings. Purchase on Amazon

5.  Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love – Earl A. Grollman : If you are a teenager whose friend or relative has died, this book was written for you. Earl A. Grollman, the award-winning author of Living When a Loved One Has Died, explains what to expect when you lose someone you love. Purchase on Amazon

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