Resources to help you support teens.
These resources can be used when explaining death or advanced illness to older children or teens or to help them grieve.
Teen Grief: Common Responses and Ways You Can Help
Grief responses are individual, and each teen’s grief experience will be unique. That said, the following guide can help you identify some of the common grief responses in teenagers after a death.
Child & Teen Grief after a Suicide
A child or teen’s grief is impacted by many factors, including the circumstances of the death. A death by suicide can merit special considerations for the bereaved due to its associated stigma, sudden nature, and the confusion that often follows. Unfortunately, because of people’s discomfort with the subject of suicide, young people can be left unsupported and isolated.
Teen Grief: Talking to Teens about Life-Threatening Illness
Families face numerous changes and losses, and life can feel like a roller coaster when someone close to them has a life-threatening illness. The following is a guide to help you identify common responses for the teenagers in your life.
When Grief Goes to School: Five Tips for Parents
When a child or teen has experienced the death of someone in their lives, the thought of going back to school often brings additional challenges. When faced with this situation, parents can do a few things to help their children feel safe and give them a sense of stability.
Common Concerns: How do I Support my Children After a Sudden Death?
When someone in our world dies suddenly, there can be a profound impact on us. In the hours and days following a death, our bodies and mind respond in many ways: from numbness and silence to outbursts and busy bodies. All these responses are normal.
Common Concerns: Sleep Disturbances
Sleep disturbance is a common experience for the bereaved. It’s an indication that our minds and bodies feel the impact of the loss.
Common Concerns: Should My Child Attend the Funeral?
After a death, many decisions need to be made fairly quickly, including about funeral or memorial services. Parents often wrestle with whether it is appropriate for their children to attend the service and what they should consider.
Common Concerns: What do I say to my children when bad things happen?
As parents, we wonder, “How can this sort of thing happen? Is my family safe? Is the world we live in safe?” We feel helpless, numb, terrified, angry, profoundly sad, and we ask ourselves, “How do I handle this? Where to from here?” Here are some things you can do for yourself and your family.
More Resources from the Children’s Grief Centre
Did you know we have a Parent Lunch and Learn Series?
The series, led by the Children’s Grief Centre, provides parents and caregivers with brief, concrete, and accessible information as they navigate new situations with their grief and their children’s grief. Learn more about the series and to watch recorded conversations.
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Resources from Other Organizations
Suggested Books for Teens
The book titles below will link you to Goodreads. There, you’ll find reviews and information about the book. Most of these books can be borrowed from the Library or purchased from book stores.
Bent not Broken: Madeline and Justin
by Lorna Schultz Nicholson