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Grief Resources for Teens

Text or Call for Support

2NDFLOOR Youth Helpline 888-222-2228
Free helpline to assist adolescents with their day-to-day concerns. Trained listeners encourage discussion, provide support and offer practical guidance. Call or TEXT the hotline to access the service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Crisis Text Line
Text 741741 when in crisis, available 24/7 in the United States. The Crisis Counselor helps you move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals.

Teen Line
800-852-8336 or Text TEEN to 839863 (6-10PM PST/9PM-1AM EST)  Highly trained teen listeners provide support, resources and hope to any teen who is struggling.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   
1-800-273-8255
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

Downloadable PDFs

Websites

 Podcasts

Apps for Meditation and Managing Emotions

  • Calm
  • Headspace
  • Mylife
  • MeeToo
  • BlueIce
  • Moodfit
  • Pixel Thoughts: An interactive, 60-second meditation tool to communicate worries and release bothersome thoughts.

Apps for Grief

  • Apart of Me: A story/journey game for adolescents.  This app features options for a story with grief or illness of a loved one.
  • Smiles and Tears: Developed to support children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.

Books

Title Description
Fire in my Heart, Ice in my Veins: A journal for Teenagers experiencing a loss
by Enid Samuel Traisman
To honor, record, and realize their many thoughts, feelings and questions related to grief and to their memories

 

Modern Loss: Candid Conversation about Grief
by Gabriele Birkner and Rebecca Soffer
Described as fresh and at times irreverent; navigating grief in era of social media; original candid essays

 

Straight talk about death for teenagers: how to cope with losing someone you love
by Earl Grollman
Explains to teens what to expect from the loss of a loved one and how to cope, grieve and live through and with grief

 

Weird if Normal when teenagers grieve
by Jenny Lee Wheeler

 

Written for teens by teens
Healing your grieving heart for teens: 100 practical Idea
by Alan Wolfelt
Ideas on how to go on with your life without the person you have lost

 

You are not alone: teens talk about life after the loss of a parent
by Lynn Hughes
Teens talk about their personal loss and what works and what do

 

Teenagers and Grief
by Doris Zagdanski
These are emotional times and the stresses of grief can make it overwhelming. Includes writings by teens

 

Common Grief Reactions

If grief reactions are getting in the way of your day-to-day life, please discuss how you are feeling with a parent or other trusted adult such as a school counselor or medical professional.

Physical Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Stomachache
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Change in appetite
  • Sleeping more or less
  • Fatigue
  • Tense
  • Inability to concentrate

Emotional Symptoms

  •  Sad
  • Happy
  • Tearful often
  • Fearful
  • Angry
  • Mood changes
  • Feeling ‘crazy’/abnormal
  • Guilt or Regrets
  • No patience or tolerance

Behavioral or Social Symptoms

  • More sociable
  • Isolated/Withdrawn
  • Promiscuity
  • More active
  • Increased lateness
  • Lazy
  • Use of alcohol/drugs
  • Bullying

Spiritual Symptoms

  • Anger at God
  • Thoughts of life after death
  • Feeling like the deceased is still with us
  • Dreams about the deceased