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When a Friend Dies

A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing
(Revised & Updated Edition)


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 author has seen her own children suffer from the death of a friend, and she knows what teens go through.

The revised edition includes new quotes from teens, resources, and insights into losing a friend through violence. Also recommended for parents and teachers of teens who have experienced a painful loss.

Part of Self-Help for Teens®
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ISBN: 978-1-57542-170-4
Reading Level: Grades 7 & up
Interest Level: Ages 11 & up
Guided Reading Level: Z
Illustrated: B&W photos
Trim Size: 5" x 7"
Page Count: 128

Praise for When a Friend Dies
“Makes learning how to grieve as painless and soothing as possible . . . Gootman’s non-preachy and compassionate book gently handles this sensitive topic.”—NEA Today

“A great starting place for young people who are hurting.”—Voice of Youth Advocates

“This compassionate, user-friendly book lists pages of resources and suggested reading, and should be made available to teens.”—School Library Journal

“A tool with compassion and genuine understanding with advice that a grieving teen needs . . . This book should be on the shelf of any parent, teacher, counselor, or youth worker.”—Youthworker

  • Recommended Books for the Reluctant YA Reader, American Library Association
  • Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
  • ALA/YALSA “Quick Pick”

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