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Grief

Being a teenager can already be a time of growing pains and social challenges. Enter in a cancer diagnosis, and life becomes all that more complicated. Browse the list below for books that can help your teen cope.

Suggested Reading - You and a Death in Your Family

You and a Death in Your Family By Antoine Wilson
The Rosen Publishing Group Inc., 2001, 48 pages
ISBN: 0823933555

This resource gets right to the point of naming and normalizing the varied experiences teens may encounter following the death of parents, grandparents, pets and siblings. This book is made all the more valuable by presenting multicultural photos of young people throughout. In five easy-to-navigate chapters, youth will learn to talk about feelings, how to talk about and understand death and what to expect before, during and following funeral ceremonies.

Suggested Reading - Coping with the Death of a Brother or Sister

Coping with the Death of a Brother or Sister By Ruth Ann Ruiz
The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2001, 121 pages
ISBN: 0823928519

This book speaks both to teens and for teens. It presents information and comfort in easy-to-read terms and language that will resonate to teen readers. It is a hard loss to face the death of a brother or sister. For the survivor, everything has changed, the world of family and place may feel shaky and foreign. Coping with the Death of a Brother or Sister does not candy coat the challenges of this great loss, but it does make clear inroads into normalizing the grief experience as it may be felt by siblings and parents. This comprehensive book also provides insight into reactions that can occur when sudden death occurs and talks about the impact a sibling's death can have even if the death occurred when the teen was young.

Suggested Reading - Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers By Earl A. Grollman
Beacon Press, 1993, 146 pages
ISBN: 0807025011

This author/rabbi offers "straight from the heart" information about the many feelings and questions a teenager might have when someone they care about dies.