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.

Child & Teen Grief after a Suicide

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.

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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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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

The Fierce Goodbye: Hope in the Wake of Suicide
by Gwendolyn C. Carr
Healing a Teen's Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas for Families, Friends and Caregivers
by Alan D. Wolfelt
Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss
by Pat Schwiebert
Someone I Love Died by Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them
by Doreen T. Cammarata
The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends
by Helen Fitzgerald
Teen Grief Relief: Parenting with Understanding, Support and Guidance
by Gloria C. Horsley, Heidi Horsley
The Next Place
by Warren Hanson
We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving Healing
by Marilyn E. Gootman

Other Supports


Almost 2000 people a year benefit from our in-service consultation, training, seminars, and accredited workshops. Individuals and groups that call on us for training and resources include anyone who would like to broaden their understanding of palliative care and grief personally or professionally.