Grief can be a heavy burden for anyone who has lost a loved one.
While we may remember losing a loved one as a child, it’s not until we are in our teenage years that we begin to really understand the profound loss that comes with someone passing.
Sometimes there are just no right words to say when someone has lost someone close to them. As a parent, sometimes the best we can do is do the next right thing and hope that it’s enough to help our teens get through this difficult time.
For those times when words are not enough, here are a few powerful young adult books that will helps teens cope with grief.
History is All You Left Me
This book focuses on what is grief, mental illness, and the consequences that can happen when we refuse to let go of the past. For teens who are experiencing grief, this might be a great book to read to help them understand their feelings.
We Are Okay
This book is a great example of what grief can feel like. Grief is a powerful emotion that can be difficult to understand, and this book does a great job of putting it in a story setting your teen can relate to.
The Names They Gave Us
This book is a wonderful read for teens who are grieving! It can not only help them understand what they are going through, but also share with them examples of how different people grieve.
Goodbye Days answers the longing question of what would you do if you could spend one more day with someone you lost. This read is a great for teens who are playing the what if game in dealing with their loss.
Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers
For teens who are experiencing the loss of a loved one, this book is a great option. This guide will help them navigate and learning healthy coping mechanisms.
They Both Die At The End
This book gives a new light and understanding to those who may be feeling like “what’s the point if we all die anyway.” This book is a great option for teens who are stuck in the feelings of nothing matters during their grieving process.
The Beauty that Remains
This book follows the story of three different people after they’ve lost a loved one. This book is a great option for showing different ways of grieving and how it can help build connections.
The Grieving Teen
If you have a teen who is struggling to work through their pain and grief, consider getting them this book. This book provides helpful tools in this book that will help them work through their pain in a healthy way. Compared to other young adult books that help teens deal with grief, this one is one of the more practical help books.
No matter the reason that your teen is grieving, I hope one or all of these books provide them with comfort during this difficult time. While some of them may help them deal with these complex emotions, others provide an outlet for their grief.
Whatever your teen might need during this difficult time, there is a good chance one or more of these powerful YA books will help your teen cope with grief.
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