Facing Grief: Helping Your Teen Learn How To Deal With Grief

Almost nothing is worse than having to see a child grieve. If your teen has recently lost a family member or friend, it may seem almost impossible to help them through the grieving process. How to deal with grief in teenagers is never easy. Identifying what your child needs in terms of therapeutic help during the grieving process may also be a challenge. However, there are a few ways you can help your child work through their grief.

How to Deal With Grief In Teenagers

According to the Dougy Center, the National Center for Grieving Children and Families, here are six things to know in order to learn how to deal with grief in teenagers:

  1. Understand that each grieving teen’s experience is unique: No two people grieve exactly the same. Teens may express a wide array of emotions during the grieving process, or none at all. It’s important to be supportive, but not intrusive throughout  the experience.
  2. Impact of death is related a variety of factors: The grieving process in teens is influenced by a variety of issues including the relationship with the deceased, the support network available to them (friends, relatives, etc.), the emotional and developmental age of the teen, the circumstances of the death, and the teen’s previous experiences with death.
  3. Grief may never end: No one wakes up one day and says “I am no longer grieving”. Grief changes over time. It becomes less intense and may change its form, but it’s always there.
  4. Grieving is 100 percent natural: No one knows how to deal with grief when someone close to them passes away. Teens may resist or reject their feelings during the process. It may be hard for them to control their emotions during the process. Teens need to be able to accept their grief in order to move forward in their grieving process.
  5. No one grieves the same: There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Your teen needs to understand this. Some people use humor to overcome their grief. Others wallow in their sadness and become detached from everyday life.
  6. There are constructive and destructive ways of dealing with grief: Constructive ways of dealing with grief include facing grief in its scary face by talking to friends or utilizing art as a medium for their emotions. Destructive ways of dealing with grief include bottling emotions up inside, substance use, and high risk, impulsive behaviors.

Helping your teen learn how to deal with grief at Elevations RTC

If your teen is dealing with a recent loss in a destructive fashion and you don’t know how to get them help, consider Elevations RTC. Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-17, can help your teen work through their struggles.
For more information about Elevations RTC, please call today.

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