Getting Help for your Grieving Teenager By Tom McLeod
In most cases, teenagers who have experienced the death of a loved one will not need professional help. Continuing to live a routine life in a loving, caring environment of friends, family and community will provide the support and refuge most teens need to learn to live with their loss and prepare for future losses life undoubtedly will put in their way.
Indications for Complicated Grief in a Teenager By Tom McLeod
Grief can become complicated for a number of reasons for a teenager who experiences the death of someone close to him or her.
Teen Grief - Developmental Differences By Tom McLeod
The years from 11 to 14 often are marked by stressful physical changes. Boys usually are a little slower to mature than girls in this age range, but the stress of change is ever-present—from radical growth spurts to facial skin problems.
Guidelines for Helping Grieving Teens By Tom McLeod
Perhaps the most important thing an adult caregiver can do for grieving teens is to be available to them. Availability means being approachable, non-judgmental, caring and appropriate. Letting them know you are there to talk at any time and letting them know you will hear what they are saying, no matter what it is, will make all the difference in your ability to be a helpful presence for teens.
Rituals and Commemorative Activities with a Grieving Teenager By Tom McLeod
Rituals are an important part of human life regardless of one’s age and life experience. When the death of a loved one occurs, adults are faced with difficult choices about whether to include younger family members in such death rituals as funerals, memorial services and cemetery visits. The following suggestions may make these decisions a little less burdensome.
The Grief Experience for a Teenager By Tom McLeod
By the end of high school, 20 percent of today's students will have lost one of their parents; 90 percent will have experienced the death of a close relative or loved one. Add to this the fact that one in every 1,500 secondary school students dies each year, and we can see that death and the resulting grief is a part of everyday life for many teenagers. Recognizing and providing constructive ways for teenagers to express their grief will help prevent prolonged or unresolved grief and depression.