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Teen Author Describes Personal Tragedy

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Bridget Park and her parents look over old photos of the son and brother they lost five years ago when without warning he took his own life.

Bridget-- just 12 at the time was the one who found his body.

"I received a phone call that was for my brother, and I went to go give the phone to him, and the door was locked. And I just knew something was wrong."

"I immediately just fell to the ground, and I felt like I was spinning. I had no idea what was going on."

After that day, followed years of struggle for the family trying to reconcile the smiling, athletic teenager with this person who left them too soon.

"He was popular and loved and happy and funny-- I just had no idea he would do such a thing."

To process Bridget started to write it all down - and at the age of 16 finished "Growing Young: A Memoir of Grief."

"The first chapter is about me finding my brother..."

"It was difficult at times, because I locked away so many memories that I had promised I would never bring up again."

In the book Bridget details the last day she would see her brother alive, the process of accepting what had happened, dealing with the sadness and anger and feeling like nobody understood.

"Just-- balancing grieving with being a teenager, which is hard enough."

This book is the first of its kind-- written by a teenager who has lived it all. And although she writes that she accepts what she can't change. She can reach out to others.

"Everyone is at risk for suicide. It's not just the people that society displays them as...I think the more you share your story, the easier it gets. Especially if you know you're helping someone."

"Growing Young" is available to buy online at amazon.com and at bn.com. It will also be stocked at Sundance bookstore in Reno.

She will also be holding a public book signing on November 21st for Children's Grief Awareness Day at the Bishop Manogue High School Chapel at 3 pm.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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