Teenagers Cope with Grief:
Article by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.
Each year thousands of teenagers experience the death of someone they
love. When a parent, sibling, friend or relative dies, teens feel the
overwhelming loss of someone who helped shape their fragile self-identities. And
these feelings about the death become a part of their lives forever.
adults, whether parents, teachers, counselors or friends, can help teens during
this time. If adults are open, honest and loving, experiencing the loss of
someone loved can be a chance for young people to learn about both the joy and
pain that comes from caring deeply for others.
grief you and others may feel after a death
We hope this guide will help you realize that
these feelings are not unusual and things can get better
Grief is a
normal response to loss. It can be the loss of a home, job, marriage or a love
one. Often the most painful loss is the death of a person you love, whether from
a long illness or from an accident or an act of violence. This guide will help
you understand the grief you and others may feel after a death, whether sudden
or anticipated. We hope this guide will help you realize that these feelings are
not unusual and things can get better. You are not alone.