Grief Happens...Ideas for Teens
From Idaho Chapter of the MISS Foundation

Editor's Note: Nancy & Peter Grayson over at the ID Chapter of the MISS Foundation have been doing phenomenal things for bereaved families. During this past summer, they organized and offered workshops called "Grief Happens" which were just for the grieving teens and young adults who are enduring the death of sibiling. Not only have I heard how wonderful the workshop was, but I also got the following information via email after the workshop. This is a wonderful list of resources and ideas for bereaved teens, and I absolutely had to share it with all of you here at Kota! If, after you read this, you want to be in touch with Nancy & Peter, you can email them at

Grief Happens Resource List:
Summer 2003 workshop for grieving teens and young adults

Web sites - Click to yellow pages to death/dying/grief page: for teens - Dougy Center - for youth and to help youth - Bereaved children link - for kids and those that care - Guide Post for Teens - Christian based, good information


Fire in My Heart, Ice in My Veins - E. Traisman
When Death Walks In - M. Scrivani
Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss - E. Hipp
Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 ideas - A. Wolfelt
Teens Can Bounce Back - Diana L. James
Grief books for check out - Nazarene Family Library - Boise Community Center 3852 N. Eagle Road, Boise 327-0608


Talk with your school counselor, teachers or pastor
Talk to your family, friends, anyone that will let you…..get it out
Consider talking with a grief counselor
Write - Listen to Music - Draw - Exercise and Sleep
And CRY as much as you need to

What can you do with Your Grief?

A MISS Kindness project - a special kindness done in memory of who you’re missing.
Start a Grief Support Group at school or church.
Join a teen grief chat or sharing forum on the Internet.
Volunteer with Grief Happens - or do something you care about for others.

Tips for those that care about you

Read: Children Grieve, Too - J. Johnson - go to for more books
Make the time and LISTEN
HUG and be there for as long as it takes...



Note from Idaho Chapter MISS Foundation
Your feedback & questions are appreciated. Please be in touch at or via phone at 208-861-2407. This resources was brought to you by MISS Foundation Idaho: Mothers and Fathers In Sympathy and Support and is a MISS Kindness Project in Memory of JOEL.

MISS Foundation Information
The M.I.S.S. Foundation was founded in 1996 and is an international non-profit 501(c ) 3 organization
which offers immediate and on-going support for families experiencing the death of a child from any
cause. We offer local support groups, bilingual support, resources, free funeral planning, peer counseling, newsletters, camps for grieving kids, and a wonderful website ( We also believe strongly in community education and awareness. We offer various programs that range from healthy baby education to bereavement support to annual conferences and seminars for medical professionals helping provide psychosocial intervention to grieving families . For more information, please contact the National MISS Foundation offices at 623.979.1000.

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