Being a teen is tough. I remember. I know you do too.
Teens are hurting, and we can help. While trying to make sense of an increasingly confusing and troubled world, teens get hit, again and again, with moves, separations, divorces, rejections, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, illness, disability, and death.
Edgy, fun-loving, tech-driven, and seemingly indestructible, their souls are shaking. Gnawing questions surface from deep inside:
- “How did this happen?”
- “Why me?”
- “Is this my fault?”
- “What am I supposed to do?”
- “Who’s next?”
- “Am I going to make it?”
At 15, I was that kid. I had huge losses early and then got hit with more in my early teens. I became a functional orphan wondering if life was worth it. If it hadn’t been for the compassion of teachers, coaches, school administrators, a youth pastor, and the parents of my closest friends, who knows what might have happened.
Teen hearts are at stake. Each one is a priceless treasure. We can’t afford to allow pain and loss to get the better of them. That’s why I wrote Teen Grief: Caring for the Grieving Teenage Heart.
This book is not for teens, but for those of us who live and work with them – parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, school administrators, counselors, clergy, youth workers, and anyone who cares about teens. My goal in this book is to take my own history and more than 30 years’ experience of interacting with grieving, hurting teens, and give readers a heartfelt, compassionate, written-in-plain-everyday-English practical handbook for guiding teens through the turbulent waters of loss.
Teens are our future. If we can help them discover how to turn losses into gains and transform hardship into something productive, positive, and good, the ripple effects could be extraordinary. As they heal and grow, these teens can become the difference-makers this world so desperately needs.
Teens are hurting. They need us. It’s time to help them heal.
Question: Do you know anyone who lives and / or works with teens? Please consider passing this info along to them. Who knows what a difference one share or email might make? Thank you!