The Book of Duchess by Chaucer is an ode to death and love. A knight is telling the story of his lost love and the tale is essentially about grieving and how people need to grieve. Below are two books about grieving for children and young adults.
Geranium Morning by E. Sandy Powell follows a boy who associates planting geraniums to his fathers death. Making connections to objects, people, or events is a way in which children and adults figure out how to react to world events however individualized or global. Geranium Mornings understands the need for connections and draws on this to understand the at times impenetrable hold of sorrow. It also follows the power of friendship, and the power of telling a story to not 'get over' grief but to pay homage to the deceased.
The phenomenon of John Green's book The Fault in Our Stars is plentiful but at its core it is a great read for teens that reflect their ideas on love, friendship and the inevitability of life.