Topic: Teens’ Talk

We Are Family


Comfort Zone Camp volunteer Colleen Wilson tells us how camp helped both her and her sister to heal after her mom’s death. After experiencing the impact of a camp weekend, they both decided to join the Grief Relief Team to help give other kids and teens the opportunity to heal and grow.


The Number Of Plates On Our Table


After her brother died, guest author Crystal sometimes forgot he was gone, and set a place for him at the table. She tells us how these little things can bring back your grief, and how your family can find new ways to fill the table with love.


College Without Dad

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Going to college is a transition, and once you’re there you can’t just blow off your feelings of grief. Guest author Samantha Worman feels that it’s a blessing and a curse to come into a new place with no one knowing who you are, or who you’ve lost.


Life After Our Mom Was Murdered

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Murder. It’s unimaginable, until it happens to your family. Three siblings talk about the night their mom was murdered, and how it impacted them then and now. They teach us that you can grieve in your own way, while working as a family to find healing.


After My Father Died

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When a parent dies, sadness and grief will follow. But for some teens, the sadness can manifest into something larger, something darker. One brave young woman tells the story of her own grief, and the choices she made to help herself heal.


What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger


Melissa Moore, a Comfort Zone Camper, lost her father to cancer just weeks before she began seventh grade. Looking back on the years that followed, she tells us what hurt, what helped, and how she has moved towards healing.


Before and After

Girls of Colour

It’s funny how one thing can change the course of our grief, and help us to manage feelings of guilt and isolation. Teen guest author Samantha Worman shares her feelings after her father’s death, and also her feelings after her first time at Comfort Zone Camp.


What Happens After the Sudden Death of a Friend or Classmate


Most teenagers think they are invincible. Nothing will happen to me or to my friends; that stuff only happens to other teens and I will only see it TV. But what happens if you get that shocking phone call or read on Facebook, that a friend or a classmate passed away?


I Will Never Be the Same


“My Dad died from lung cancer when I was 13 years old,” that’s guest writer Danielle Taylor’s “tag line” when people ask about her dad. It sums up all the information they need… but for her, it carries a greater reality she felt when he died – that she will never be the same.


Grief is…

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There is no single definition of grief. It feels different to each person who experiences it. It changes from day to day, month to month, and year to year. Author Lynne Hughes shares definitions of grief given by teenagers for her book You Are Not Alone.

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