According to a recent U.S. census, approximately 2.5 million children under the age of eighteen have experienced the death of a parent. Losing a parent at such a young age can have devastating consequences. Beyond the grief children and young adults experience, they can be at risk for many negative outcomes, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress symptoms, as well as diminished self-esteem. Their academic success and relationships with others can also be adversely affected. For these young adults, help is not always easy to find.
In Parental Death: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Michelle Shreeve offers a variety of ways in which young people can cope with this tough experience. In addition to outlining the universal difficulties of losing a parent, the author also points out the unique dynamics of specific lossessons who lose fathers, daughters who lose mothers, sons who lose mothers, and daughters who lose fathersand what those losses can mean for their future development. This book also identifies how the challenges of life without a parent can affect a young adult at different stages.
Featuring real stories and quotes from teens about their experiences, this book shows young adults a variety of views about the death of a parent, and provides coping strategies that young people can call upon to help them through this difficulty. Parental Death: The Ultimate Teen Guide serves as a valuable resource for all teens, whether they are dealing with tragedy personally or are looking for ways to console friends or siblings.
About the Author
Michelle Shreeve holds two undergraduate degrees in psychology as well as two master’s degrees in English and creative writing. She has written columns and journalism pieces, as well as movie and book reviews, for various newspapers, magazines, and online blog sites.
Table of Contents
1 The First Year 1
2 Cause of Death 31
3 Daughters 59
4 Sons 81
5 The New Family Dynamic 99
6 Second Parents 121
7 Stepparents 135
8 Transitioning through High School 153
9 Forging Ahead 167
About the Author 221
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Parental Death by Michelle Shreeve is truly a wonderful resource! As a therapist/school counselor for over 25 years I have shared it with numerous families in need since it came out. It is a must have for anyone who works with kids or who knows someone who has lost a parent or is on the verge of losing one. Losing a parent for a child/teenager is one of the hardest tragedies to work through and this book makes navigating that journey much more manageable. Shreeve candidly shares her own experiences when she lost her mom along with countless kids sharing their thoughts on the subject as well. This book is real! It will allow a grieving child to work their emotions and process the impact of losing a parent. Beyond this, the additional resources such as websites and support groups throughout the book allow for further after care once the book is read. Parental Death is a powerful voice to support kids when they have lost a parent and becomes the avenue with which they can pick up the pieces and move forward with life.