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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
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Free Spirit Publishing (first published January 1994)
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Kris
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.
Stephanie
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.
Elisa
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
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Jash
Dec 08, 2009 added it
its a great book for people who need advice when a friend dies
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