Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving Healing” as Want to Read:
When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving  Healing
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving Healing

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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?”

The advice is gentle, non-preachy, and compassionate; the
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Free Spirit Publishing (first published January 1994)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about When a Friend Dies, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about When a Friend Dies

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.46  · 
Rating details
 ·  48 ratings  ·  9 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving Healing
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found that this is a comprehensive, easy to understand guide for older children and teens who have a had a friend die. It is short, and each section can be read in any order. I know that in times of grief, I, an EXTREMELY avid reader, have had a hard time processing complex and weighty works about anything, especially grief. Therefore, I think this is a fantastic format for a topic like this. It is simple, encouraging, and practical. It is not preachy at all, and there are some great quotes. I ...more
Sahara Scott
Jun 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, non-fic-ya
I found this to be a good overview of grief and healing. I think it's short enough for a teen who may just want to know more after a friend or someone they knew died. I could see a browsing teen flipping through it, but have a hard time imagining a teen searching for this book. I found it relatable a a adult as well. ...more
Stacey Lihs
Maybe a little too simple for what my daughter needs...

Glosses over death and dying in a very general way. Definitely not suitable for older teens, nor for younger perceptive kids who need answers.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2017
While this book seemed a bit superficial to me, I guess it could be useful for a grieving teen to let them know they are not alone in what they are feeling.
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-2011-2012
**** As far as self-help books go,this one is great! It has a format which allows the reader to read as much of the book as he/she wants. It is not preachy in tone or nature. The author, Marilyn E. Gootman, does a nice job of validating the wide range of feelings a person might experience when dealing with the death of a friend or even an aquaintance. There are quotes from real teens throughout to book as well as resources in the back of organizations that can help such as the National Hopeline ...more
Alexander Davidson
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Nice and easy read for any teen who has experienced loss. The book is tinier than a normal paperback, and each page can have a paragraph or two to a single quote. This is not a daunting book to behold, which is perfect when trying to motivate a teen to pick it up and read it.

I liked that it had tons of different topics and scenarios from feeling lost, sad, angry, etc. It addresses issues like staying healthy and reaching out to others. It seriously had every possibility accounted for. So if the
Dec 08, 2009 added it
its a great book for people who need advice when a friend dies
rated it it was amazing
Oct 22, 2009
rated it it was amazing
Dec 31, 2021
Ashley T.
rated it really liked it
Feb 13, 2009
J.S. Burke
rated it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2021
Samantha Stambaugh
rated it really liked it
Oct 24, 2019
mark harrison
rated it it was amazing
Oct 19, 2021
rated it it was amazing
Jun 13, 2014
rated it liked it
Dec 14, 2019
rated it liked it
Oct 23, 2018
rated it really liked it
Feb 01, 2011
Erin Mustafa
rated it really liked it
Aug 06, 2021
rated it really liked it
Mar 05, 2022
Beth Baer
rated it really liked it
Nov 22, 2013
Ella-Mae Campling
rated it did not like it
Jul 26, 2016
rated it liked it
Feb 08, 2022
rated it it was ok
May 04, 2012
rated it liked it
Aug 05, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2017
rated it it was ok
Nov 24, 2015
rated it it was ok
Aug 18, 2012
rated it liked it
Dec 29, 2016
Kari Pozzessere
rated it liked it
Nov 17, 2016
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
  • The Dark Poetry of British Fey (Warfell and Fey)
  • Since Then: How I Survived Everything and Lived to Tell About it
  • Invisible Man
  • Shōgun
  • An Exchange of Gifts
  • The Sea
  • Bleak House
  • Anastasia Krupnik (Anastasia Krupnik, #1)
  • Fantastic Voyage
  • Seal Mother - A Selkie Tale in Verse
  • Mañanaland
  • Genesis Begins Again
  • The Basque Dragon (The Unicorn Rescue Society, #2)
  • Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)
  • The Searchers
  • The Beekeeper
  • The Means That Make Us Strangers
See similar books…

Related Articles

The common problem of "too many books, too little time" can reach truly dire proportions when you work on the Goodreads editorial team. After...
51 likes · 9 comments