All over the world, every year, teenagers experience death of a loved one. The deceased can be a parent, friend, grandparent, sibling or someone they loved and admired. These teenagers go through a grieving process and are forced to accept that death is fact of life.
When a teenager is processing grief, he needs all the help and support he can find and get. Remember, as it is this period is extremely turbulent where a teenager is neither an adult nor a child but is shoved into the adult world without being prepared for it.
A teenager processing grief needs help of teachers, counselors, friends, parents or any adult he or she is close to. Unfortunately, in our society a teenager processing grief is not given adequate support especially if the teenager loses a parent. There are certain social expectations from the teenager and he or she as a result has to show a stiff upper lip and support other grieving family members.
It is automatically assumed that the teenager processing grief will take solace from his or her friends. However, this is not true. Most teenagers will end up keeping their sorrow to themselves because they are afraid what their peers will think. Instead they adopt an attitude of not caring about the loss of a loved one. This is especially true when a teenager is rebelling against the parent and while feeling the pain of losing a parent, the teenager will also go through a phase of guilt.A teenager processing grief needs all the help he or she can get and this is not restricted only to a talk by the parent but you can also involve the school counselor, use the services of a private grief counselor or get help from your local church. It is important that the teenager learns to cope with his loss while feeling safe and wanted.
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