The death of a loved one can have a profound, permanent effect on young adults. Their confusion over isolation and intimacy issues, which normally begins in adolescence, complicates their grief. Adults can ease the stress of the grieving process and lessen long-term, negative effects by providing emotional support and a sense of connectedness. This article seeks to understand young adult reactions through their literature and suggests healing responses early in bereavement. Examples of typical behavior such as resistance to authority, withdrawal, and hiding feelings are taken from young adult fiction and nonfiction available from public and school libraries.