Helping Teens Work Through Grief

2nd Edition

By Mary Kelly Perschy

© 2004 – Routledge

184 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415946964
pub: 2004-05-11
US Dollars$31.95
Hardback: 9781138132108
pub: 2015-10-07
US Dollars$165.00

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About the Book

The second edition of Helping Teens Work Through Grief provides a more complete and updated manual for facilitators of teen grief groups. It includes additional background information about developmental aspects of teens, the process of grief, aspects of trauma and its effects on teens, the value of a group, determining the group-appropriateness of particular teens, and parental involvement. The many details involved with beginning a group - publicity, interviews, registration, structure, closure, evaluation, and follow-up - are listed.


'This book provides a sensitive, expanded framework for helping teens work through their grief… It is thoroughly written, orderly, and detailed in presentation and includes an exhaustive resource section which will be welcomed by the worker wishing to enhance their understanding of the grief process.' - Alison Hahn Johnson, Social Work with Groups

Table of Contents

List of Activity Sheets

List of Figures



Part A: Understanding Grieving Teens and How to Support Them

Chapter 1: Teens and the Grieving Process

Chapter 2: When Teens Experience Trauma

Chapter 3: Social Support

Part B: The Teen Grief Group

Chapter 4: The Value of a Group in Dealing with Grief

Chapter 5: Initiating and Organizing a Grief Group

Chapter 6: Group Design

Part C: Specific Structured Activities

Chapter 7: Helping Teens Connect

Chapter 8: Teens Caring for Themselves

Chapter 9: Creating a Journal

Chapter 10: Learning About Grief

Chapter 11: Moving Through the Pain

Chapter 12: Continuing Bonds: Commemorating the Person Who Died

Chapter 13: Moving on and Beyond: The Search for Meaning

Part D: Resources for and about Teens




Media Services and Clearinghouse



Additional Websites



About the Author

Mary Kelly Perschy, M.S. has been involved with grieving teens since 1984 when there was little information readily available about teen grief. In her varied career, Perschy has served as an administrator (of Bereavement Services at Hospice of Howard County), trainer, counselor and facilitator of grief groups at hospices and schools in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying