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4 Essential Steps to Help Teens Through the Grieving Process

Everyone experiences losing someone close to them. Of course, the grief that comes with this loss feels overwhelming, even for adults. That being said, it may affect kids more dramatically in some ways because they don’t have the life experience to deal with it. If a young person you know has experienced loss, they may need some help getting through it. The following four resources count among the best places your teen can go to get help.

Offer to Talk

Sometimes, grief is best released through conversation and connection. If you and your teen enjoy a close relationship, then offering a sympathetic ear may be just the thing to help him/ her heal. However, do remember that everyone processes grief differently; it’s best to offer to talk but to leave it at that. Pressuring your teen to talk when he/ she is not ready may make him/ her withdraw.

Find Others They Can Relate To

Grief support groups allow people to talk about what may be otherwise taboo, according to Hello Grief. The advantage of grief support groups, aside from the fact that they give a grieving teen a chance to talk, is that they put him/ her in contact with others who are experiencing similar issues. As a result, the grieving teen feels less alone and more inclined to reach out, which allows the healing process to begin.

Sign Them up for Counseling

Grief is such a particular feeling that there are some counselors who devote a majority of their practices to helping people deal with grief. If your teen exhibits behaviors, such as sleep issues, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and feelings of hopelessness after losing someone, then he/ she might be a good candidate for grief counseling for young adults.

Encourage a Regular Routine

Admittedly, the grieving process makes adhering to a regular routine more difficult. The body and the brain starts to shut down and sleepiness can set it. Depression related to grief also takes its toll. All of these elements make following a daily routine more difficult. However, having something consistent to look forward to brings back a sense of safety, which the grieving person needs, according to Help Guide. Your grieving teen won’t be able to function at full capacity, but following a routine and doing some of the things he/ she likes adds stability to a time when it is in short supply.

Grieving takes time. It throws a person’s whole life off kilter. While this is true of everyone, your grieving teen can be particularly vulnerable to the ravages of grief. In light of that, offering extra support in the form of counseling, regular activity, and support groups can make all the difference in how quick your teen recovers.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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