WHAT IS THE GRIEF AS A UNIQUE ADOLESCENT EXPERIENCE?
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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