The passing of a loved one is a challenging time for adults, but it can be extra tough for teens who may still be developing appropriate coping skills or are experiencing death for the first time. Just like adults, grieving adolescents experience their own unique grief journey, which means there is no one easy answer on how to support them through loss.
Fortunately, a good first step is to simply be there. This can involve providing support, such as being available for open and honest conversation, listening to them and giving them the space to grieve in a way that feels right.
Taking the time to understand the different ways teens may grieve is also useful. Knowing what you might expect can prepare you for difficult conversations and challenging behaviour. With that in mind, we’ve gathered a range of ideas and information on grieving adolescents to help you provide support whilst also caring for yourself.