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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2000
Although I bought this book for my niece who is 14, after my sister was killed in a car accident, I found the book useful for anyone mourning the death of a loved one. The book was written in a clear and concise manner. It has a table of contents that can lead you directly to the topic you want to learn more about. In our case we went to the sections that spoke about "when death comes sudden" and "no time to say good-bye". The author also writes about practical matters like what to expect at the wake and the funeral. There are even sections that some people might think taboo, like what does a dead person look or feel like. All these things helped us to come out of the shock of it all. There are two other book in the series: The Mourning Book (which I have read and is equally wonderful) and The Greiving Child (which I have not had a chance to purchase - but I will - I have another niece who is 4yrs old). Helen Fitzgerald should be congratulated in the work she is doing to heal so many she will never meet.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 3, 2001
I lost my Mom when I was 16, so when I was asked for some recommended books for teens who lost their parents in the Sept 11, 2001 terrorism attacks, this was one of them. It is a good book for any grieving teen. We sent about 30 copies of this book to New York City and Washington DC (along with other books as well). Helen Fitzgerald does a wonderful job explaining grief and the healing process to teens. I would suggest supplementing the book with some sort of journal like the book "Fire in My Heart, Ice in Veins" .. But this one is definitely worth purchasing for any grieving teen. It covers the full spectrum of grief's emotions - anger, fear, exhaustion, shock, disbelief and more. It also covers the funeral and what to expect, reacting to your emotions, and how to go on living your life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2010
I purchased this book for my 17tear old granddaughter who lost her grandfather.I liked the format and style of writing,she said the book answered some of her questions and found it helpful.Would recomend it highly.The author knows what she's talking about!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2014
Helen Fitzgerald has all the experience needed to be an excellent source of what is "normal" for a teen who is grieving. There is so little out there to help a grieving teen but this book is a huge help. My daughter lost a friend 4 years ago when she was 12 and still struggles with the grieving process. I bought this book to help her but I read it first. The book is for a teen who has lost anyone close to them-friend, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle. This book was recommended to me by someone at Highmark Caring Place.
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on May 26, 2013
I attended a workshop taught by Helen Fitzgerald in 2004, in Fairfax. We were blown away by her approach, and I bought a copy of this book. I have found the psychoeducational portions to be invaluable when working with adolscent clients, and the structure and activities give them some concrete and safe ways to grieve. My original copy disappeared in the last office move. So glad to find it on amazon.
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A very detailed table of contents makes a statement and "What You Can Do" as an empowering response through the sequence of topics. Users can jump ahead or move back as they continue in the grieving process. The emphasis on "do what is best for you" comes through. The reading level is on the upper end of the scale for teens.
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on April 14, 2014
Could have gone a bit deeper

Somewhat repetitious in format and content, but a good start
Wish there was more theory and framework, good for answering questions in class
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on June 21, 2014
This was a very good book; in good condition; gave me some therapy ideas; really helped my clients, arrived on time and in good condition though used. I was very happy.
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on May 4, 2012
I bought this book for my niece, who is 14, after my niece (her sister) died about a month ago. I'm hoping it will her her get through this difficult time.
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on January 11, 2014
Very simplistic helpful for young folks. I recommend it for the parents to read also -a lot of reference to death in family
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