What they might experience:
Shock, denial, anger, depression, and avoidance are all feelings associated with loss and grief. Grieving teenagers might also experience the following:
– Have difficulty managing these strong emotions. Often becoming angry and ending up in physical fights.
– Revert back to childish behaviours to feel more safe.
– Get involved in risky behaviours to distract themselves from the grief.
– Try to assume the role of an adult.
– Bottle up their emotions.
– Avoid their friends because they now feel different and think their friends won’t understand.
– Have difficulty concentrating on school work and other important things, such as extra curricular activities.
– Have an existential crisis- questioning their faith and understanding of the world. – Seek support outside their immediate family.