Help and Information for Grieving Teens:
a youth helpline serving 21 counties in NJ. Youth can call a toll free number: 1-888-222-2228
and talk about such issues as: coping with the aftermath of divorce, living with a disability, dealing with grief, fears
about gang violence, concerns over bullying, issues related to sexuality, worries about family conflicts, questions about
drug and alcohol abuse, experiencing racism, problems in peer and dating relationships and more. There is a message
board as well to post questions: www.2NDFLOOR.org
Scarlet Listeners: free and confidential peer counseling and referral, Rutgers affiliated
(732-247-5555) Website: www.scarletlisteners.org
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide:
www.sptsnj.org Great site with lots of information about suicide prevention
for teens, parents and educators.
Girls and Boys Town National
National Suicide Hot-line
Your call will
be routed to the closest service to you.
The Compassionate Friends
TCF assists families
toward positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and provides information to help others be supportive.
Internet Radio:Healing the Grieving Heart: an Internet radio show dedicated
to those who have lost loved ones. Broadcasts live every Thursday at noon. Shows are archived on www.opentohope.com
The Dougy Center: features the Bill of Rights for Grieving TeensHospice Net: helps teens with grief due to life threatening illnesses Net: helps teens with grief due to life threatening illnesses
SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) support groups for survivors.www.save.org
What we call
is often the
And to make an end
is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
When your broken heart mends, you will no longer be the same.
You will never be the same again. You will be stronger. June Cerza Kolf Teenagers Talk About Grief
Creating your own support network:
Some of our friends are
great supports when we are upset or sad while others are able to handle our angry feelings. Think of support as a network
or system instead of just one or two other people in your life. Support networks can be made up of people, places and things. Since
grief affects our entire being it helps to find support for our physical, emotional and social needs. Here are some questions
that can let you know if you have a good enough support system or if you need to build one or enlarge your network. Many
teens turn to safe adults to help them grow their support network. Many teens tell me these adults may be counselors at school,
a parent (yours or someone else's) or even an older sibling or friend.
My Support Network:
1. List 3 people who I feel comfortable to talk to: (I encourage all of
you to find someone in the school building as well since you are there all day and often grief hits while at school. There
are counselors, school nurses, teachers, and others who you can talk to).
_____________________________________________ Phone #
2. Name two places I can go to that helps me to feel comfortable and safe:
(try to locate a place in your own living space and one outside your living space).
3. Name three things that I can do to let my anger and frustration
out and three people I can call or be with. (things that can not hurt myself, others or property).
4. Name three things I can do to let my sad feelings out and three
people I can call or be with:
5. Name three things I can do that helps me let off steam or relieves
my stress and tension:
6. Name 3 things I can do when life feels meaningless- when I might
feel hopeless and/or helpless:
7. List 3 activities I can do that will help me to express your feelings:
Some teens write, draw, hit pillows, nap, cry, sing, play music, play video games, write songs, journal, play a sport,
work, pound nails, volunteer with younger kids or older people, fish, cook, go to the gym, go for a run, write letters, paint,
do physical work, join a support group, call a hot line, .....
8. Name three things that are helpful in getting my mind off of my
grief and loss: it is important to take grief breaks
9. List some things that I did when you were younger that helped you through
a difficult time or situation:
10. List the names of some songs I can play:
To help me feel good: _________________________________________________________________
To help me feel cared about and loved ____________________________________________________
To help me feel understood ______________________________________________________________
To help me with memories of my loss:________________________________________________________
from the book: Facing Change:)
Helpful Books for Teens Facing Loss and
When a Friend Dies, Teens Talk about Grieving
and Healing by Marilyn Gootman
The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald
You are Not Alone: Teens Talk about Life after the Loss of
a Parent: by Lynne Hughes (founder of Comfort Zone Camp, www.comfortzonecamp.org
) a wonderful support for kids 7-17 who have lost a parent, sibling or other important person through death. Lynne lost
both her parents by the time she was 14 years old. She is amazing and shows up at each CZC weekend, which now takes place
in 5 states, NJ included.
Grief Girl: True story about a girl who lost both her parents when she was in high school. Great read for a teen
who has lost a parent. Teens have given this book the thumbs up for me to recommend it to others.
Grief Relief: by Dr., Horsely and Dr. Horesly (mother
and daughter therapists who had lost a son/brother when the daughter was in her early 20's)
Change: Falling Apart and Coming Together Again in the Teen Years: A book about Loss and Change for Teens by Donna O'Toole
Still Here With Me: Teenagers and
Children on Losing a Parent: Edited by Suzanne
Sjoqvst Translated by Margaret Myers
Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope by Olivia Gardner