TEENAGERS AND GRIEF
Adolescents often believe that their grief is unique and incomprehensible to anyone else. Some may find themselves reacting in a new or unusual way which frightens them and may cause them to think that their reactions are abnormal. Others may limit their expressions of grief to brief outbursts because they are very concerned about how they are perceived by others, and they worry about losing emotional control.
Adults may have a tendency to dismiss the suffering of teenagers. But they may suffer intensely. They may be skilled at hiding the intensity of their grief, as they tend to hide their grief, which may develop into behaviour problems at a later date. As these may not appear to be “linked” to their grief by adults, adults may not be aware that it is a grief reaction.
Unfortunately, the needs of bereaved teenagers have been overlooked in the past. There are often…
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