When Young People Grieve - 14 Young People on Death and Coping with Loss

Birgitte Gjestvang, Marit Slagsvold & Atle Dyregrov: Ung sorg - 14 unge om døden og livet videre

No two people feel sorrow in exactly the same way. For some, their grief is strong, demanding and present at all times. For others it is silent, and it comes and goes.

In this book we meet 14 young people who have all experienced losing someone in their closest family. Their stories show the many and sad faces of grief, but they also tell of strength, joy of living and opportunities. Our wish is first and foremost to give support to those who are young, and who have experienced losing someone they love. To show that they are not alone, that there are many ways to get through sorrow. Hopefully these young people’s stories will inspire others to go on, even when their grief feels too heavy.

The book is also written for everybody who knows a young person who has lost someone. The experiences in this book make us understand better how we can be a supportive friend, neighbour, therapist, teacher or relative. In addition some parents let us take part in how it is to be a mother or father when someone in the family dies.

No two people feel sorrow in exactly the same way. For some, their grief is strong, demanding and present at all times. For others it is silent, and it comes and goes.

In this book we meet 14 young people who have all experienced losing someone in their closest family. Their stories show the many and sad faces of grief, but they also tell of strength, joy of living and opportunities. Our wish is first and foremost to give support to those who are young, and who have experienced losing someone they love. To show that they are not alone, that there are many ways to get through sorrow. Hopefully these young people’s stories will inspire others to go on, even when their grief feels too heavy.

The book is also written for everybody who knows a young person who has lost someone. The experiences in this book make us understand better how we can be a supportive friend, neighbour, therapist, teacher or relative. In addition some parents let us take part in how it is to be a mother or father when someone in the family dies.

First published: 2008, Aschehoug Non-Fiction

Birgitte Gjestvang is a journalist and radio reporter.

Marit Slagsvold is a sociologist.

Atle Dyregrov is a psychologist and a specialist on mourning.

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