Losing a parent at any time in one’s life is difficult, but losing a parent when a teenager brings its own distinct challenges. Coping with Parental Death: Insights and Tips for Teenagers offers compassionate support for anyone struggling with the death of one or both of their parents. Through the stories of other teenagers who have lost a parent—as well as the author herself who lost her mother at a young age—you will see that you are not alone during this difficult time.
You will learn
With expert advice, useful resources, relevant organizations, and even fictional movie references to provide additional perspective, Coping with Parental Death is a valuable guide to help you face the challenging road ahead with courage and care.
Michelle Shreeve is a freelance writer who has been published nationally and locally in newspapers, magazines, and websites. She has a library, education, and writing background and is the author of Parental Death: The Ultimate Teen Guide. Shreeve lost her mother when she was nine years old.
Welcome To The Club
PART I. UNDERSTANDING PARENTAL DEATH
Chapter 1: The Facts
Chapter 2: Types of Death
Chapter 3: How Life Changes
Chapter 4: The First Year Milestones
Chapter 5: The Challenges
Chapter 6: The Parental Death Dynamics
PART II. COPING WITH PARENTAL DEATH
Chapter 7: Positive Coping Methods
Chapter 8: Negative Coping Methods
Chapter 9: Forms of Therapy Options
Chapter 10: Supplemental Therapy Options
Chapter 11: Support
Chapter 12: Role Models in Society
PART III. RESOLUTION
Chapter 13: Different Path for Everyone
Chapter 14: An Ongoing Journey
Chapter 15: Parting Advice from Those Who Lost a Parent
Appendix A: Helpful Books
Appendix B: Helpful Movies
About the Author
This reassuring and affirming entry in the Empowering You series provides information and coping methods for any young person who has lost a parent or parents before they have reached the age of 20. Shreeve, who was 9 when she lost her own mother, understands what young people in similar situations are going through. She explains how life changes after a young person loses a parent, and identifies milestones surviving children should anticipate and how to get through them. Other young people provide honest accounts of the challenges and successes they experienced. Both negative and positive coping strategies a person might engage in, like seeing a counselor, are included. The author affirms that each person’s grief journey is different and each is valid.... Includes Haberer's graphic illustrations, appendices of recommended books and movies, notes, resources, bibliography, and an index.
Shreeve, who herself experienced parental loss as a teen, builds on her experiences as a writer, literary scholar, and autoethnographer to craft a surprisingly readable collection of facts, figures, pop culture references, strategies, and most importantly personal stories that as a collection can work as a powerful therapeutic tool to assist those who are grieving. Geared towards the young adult, Shreeve's work is written in a comforting, approachable tone and would be the ideal first book for teens experiencing parental loss.
Shreeve’s book reads like a friendly conversation, yet its contents are a life-line for teens who have lost a parent. Filled with immediately usable suggestions and resources, the book doesn’t shy away from the pain and suffering these teens are experiencing and will continue to experience; however, it also is a beacon shining hope and offering solutions. Shreeve and numerous brave contributors share their own stories, and as such, create a community for readers. As a former high school English teacher for nearly 20 years, I wish Shreeve’s text had been available for me to use with my students who had lost parents.
This book offers practical advice for youth coping with the death of a parent—using clear language illustrated with stories drawn from the author’s personal experiences as well as those of other youth the author interviewed. While this book was always needed, it is especially timely given the many losses experienced by children and youth due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This book provides a resource and support for young adults and their families in dealing with a very difficult issue. Michelle Shreeve shares her own real story and those of young adults in a way that helps the reader know they are not alone. By sharing her own truth, Shreeve provides an authentic view that supports others who have experienced this level of loss.
7/13/22, San Tan Valley News: Michelle Shreeve and the new book were featured in this article.
7/18/22, Ahwatukee Foothill Notes: The release of the book was featured in this article.
7/28/22, The Penmen Review: An interview with Michelle Shreeve spotlighted the release of the book.