NAGC member Quality of Life Publishing Co., specialists in grief support and hospice publications, has published a new teen-to-teen grief support book. Weird is Normal When Teenagers Grieve, by Jenny Lee Wheeler, is unique because it is written for grieving teens by an actively grieving teenager.
Author Jenny Lee Wheeler lost her father to cancer when she was 14. As she began to grieve her father's death, she noticed that she grieved differently than the adults around her. She decided to share her experiences to help ease the way for other grieving teens.
Jenny validates for her peers that they have the right to grieve in their own way and on their own timetable; that it's normal if their grief attacks seem weird; and that they aren't going crazy if they see signs of continued love from their loved one, reassuring them that love never dies.
In endorsing the book, grief expert Dr. Kenneth J. Doka writes, "...a real joy - a book for adolescents written by one. Teens will find this book full of sage advice from one of their peers. It will be a great gift for teens coping with loss."
Dr. Heidi Horsley, Columbia University counselor to teens who lost firefighter fathers on 9/11, writes in the Foreword, "Jenny's journey will strike a note with grieving teenagers everywhere. She gives sound advice and lets them know they are not alone. For surviving parents, family, and friends, this book will help you get into the heads and hearts of bereaved teens...an excellent book to use as a reference for adolescent bereavement groups."
If NAGC members wish to receive a free copy of Weird is Normal When Teenagers Grieve to review and consider writing an endorsement for the second press run, please email Jenny@WeirdisNormal.org. The book is available through Amazon.com and wherever books are sold. For more information, visit www.WeirdisNormal.org. For bulk-rate orders, or to bring Jenny to your community as a speaker, contact the publisher, kwheeler@QoLpublishing.com (1-877-513-0099, toll free in U.S. and Canada).
Jenny was a co-presenter at the NAGC annual symposium in Houston in 2008 and enjoys speaking to groups of all sizes across North America.