How do you help a grieving teenager?
Helping a Teenager Deal with Grief
- Acknowledge their presence, their importance, their opinions, thoughts, and feelings.
- Be patient and open-minded.
- Be available – Sit with the child, listen to them, and answer their questions.
- Let them know that a range of different emotions is normal.
What to say to a grieving teenager?
Telling the bereaved teen to “be strong” may cause anxiety and cause them to hide their emotions or act “fine” when they really are not. Instead, tell the teen that it is okay to cry, to distance themselves, and to do what brings them comfort (so long as they do not turn to self-destructive behaviors).
How do I get my teen back on track?
Express love – It may not have immediate results, but expressing your love for your teen clearly and consistently is an important part of helping them get back on the right track. Consider other forms of intervention – At times, out of control teens need more help than they can get from their home.
How do you help a child cope with death of a grandparent?
Helping Your Child Deal With Death
- When talking about death, use simple, clear words.
- Listen and comfort.
- Put emotions into words.
- Tell your child what to expect.
- Talk about funerals and rituals.
- Give your child a role.
- Help your child remember the person.
- Respond to emotions with comfort and reassurance.
What to say to a teenager who has lost a grandparent?
Some appropriate sentiments are listed below.
- “Sometimes we feel like it’s our fault when someone dies, but it’s not.”
- “It’s hard to imagine someone we love has died.”
- “I am so sorry your friend/parent/sibling died. I know you will miss him/her.”
- “When someone dies, it’s OK to talk about how you feel.”
How can I help my teenager express his feelings?
There are numerous appropriate techniques teens can use to express their feelings:
- Teens can write about their feelings.
- Teens can express their feelings through art.
- Music helps many teens both realize and express their feelings.
- Physical activity can be productive in helping teens release their feelings.