Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers

Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers

Straight Talk about Death for TeenagersStraight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope With Losing Someone You Love

Grollman, Earl A.





 An insightful theologian/grief expert (“the cure for grief is to grieve”) opens with Terry Kettering’s attention-grabbing poem, “The Elephant in the Room.” Teens’ grief–like, Grollman suggests, the huge (but unobserved) elephant–is often overlooked or minimized. Addressing this gap, he presents just a few on- target, incisive lines on each page–to be read, like poetry, with deliberation–on topics such as “the first days after a death” and “facing your future.” The occasional humor is not inappropriate (“Why is there a special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren? They have a common enemy–the parent”); but the treatment of special relationships and circumstances suffers from Grollman’s brevity. He acknowledges that it’s normal to feel that one’s own grief is the worst; some teens will be disappointed not to find their particular situation treated more fully. Still, all are likely to find consolation in the book as a whole, and in completing (in the concluding workbook pages) statements like “The last thing I did with you was…” and “What scares me the most is…” (Nonfiction. 12+)

Amazon Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

With brief entries such as “Accidental Death,” “Self-Inflicted Death,” “Talking,” “Crying,” and “Going Nuts,” Grollman offers advice and answers the kinds of questions that teens are likely to ask themselves when grieving the death of someone close.
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‘I thank God for Earl Grollman, and I thank Earl Grollman for this long-overdue book for grieving teenagers. Not only is it a treasure for kids, but it should be read by every school counselor and youth minister in America.’ –Janice Harris Lord, national director of Victim Services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Amazon Reader Review

This is a great book for helping teens cope with the loss of a loved one, whether it was a close friend or family member. The book is written with short, easy to read sentences and paragraphs. The chapters are organized in useful topics like ‘suicide’, ‘loss of a friend’, ‘long term illness’ … so the reader can locate those areas that pertain to their own situation. Having lost my own mother when I was just 16 (20 years ago) I have bought 3 copies of this book already – I give them out to teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. If you are a teen grieving the loss of a loved one or if you are helping someone in this situation, I highly recommend this book.