Grief is the reaction we have in response to a death or loss. Grief can affect our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Grief is a reaction to loss, but it's also the name we give to the process of coping with the loss of someone who has died.
Yeah I know, this sounds a lot like supporting adults. Okay so back to those teenage grief considerations, when supporting an adolescent one should remember the following:. For many children, this is their first experience with death.
Skip to Content. Children and teenagers express their grief in a variety of ways. Some may be sad and verbalize the loss like many adults.
Grief: the process of experiencing the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual responses to loss or the perception of loss. The teen years are an especially difficult time to deal with the loss as young people are torn between independence and the need now for support from parents and family. Teens feel very conflicted and their feelings may be very intense at times which feels even more overwhelming. Be careful now as you are vulnerable thinking about suicide talk to a trusted adult somatic manifestations of grief stomach upsets, headaches, fatigue, symptoms similar to the deceased prior symptoms Healing in teens may look like:.
Young people or teenagers have developed a greater understanding of death, the long term implications of losing someone close and are more keenly aware of the emotional aspects than their younger counterparts. Due to the developmental changes taking place within the young person at this time their reactions to death are likely to be extremely intense. Many young people will reflect on the injustice of the death asking why the person who has died had to die and they will be considering in greater depth the notion of fate.
Hospice of the Valley offers grief support groups that are open to the community regardless of whether the person who died was cared for by our agency. Support Groups. Hospice of the Valley has produced resources to help teenagers who are struggling with loss.
Grief has no age or time limits. It is a lifelong process that affects each of us in unique ways. Grief changes over time and can look different for children and teens at various developmental stages and life's milestones.
To order a copy of the book, visit our online bookstore or contact The Dougy Center, What is it like for teenagers when someone close to them dies? How do they respond to the death of a parent, a sibling, a relative, a friend?
Teen years are already tumultuous years, and the bereaved teen needs special attention. Under ordinary circumstances, teenagers go through many changes in their body image, behavior, attachments and feelings. As they break away from their parents to develop their own identities, conflicts often arise within the family system.
Grief and loss are often themes in young adult literature. From classic novels such as Old Yeller to more current popular books and films such as The Fault in Our Stars and even the Hunger Games series, death and grief are front and center. Sometimes, as in the horrific Overland Park, Kansas shooting on Sunday, death and grief escape the adolescent's fictional world, becoming a real-life experience. Yet as a group, adolescents are often neglected or disenfranchised grievers.