Countless books tell us that losing a loved one will take us through many stages of grief. However, anyone who has lost a loved one and experienced grief knows that coping with grief is not clear-cut or simple, and this process could be even more complicated for children and teens. When someone we love dies, it is common to experience numbness, sorrow, anger, or even guilt (among many other emotions, including emotions that we may think are inappropriate, such as relief in certain circumstances). This is difficult for anyone, and can be especially difficult for teenagers. Grief can also cause physical symptoms for children, like trouble eating or sleeping, or feeling physical pain.
At a time when they developmentally believe they are immortal, confronting death and navigating grief can be especially difficult for teenagers. Having a safe space and a trusted adult to help them process their feelings and honor the relationship they had with their loved one can be really helpful for adolescents and their families.
At Take Root Therapy, we work with teens who are processing the death of a friend or family member, so that they can express their feelings and work through their grief. We use different techniques when working with teenagers to help them process in a way that works for them, allowing us to provide an effective and supportive experience.
Free of judgment and with your teenager’s best interests at heart, our team of experienced and skilled clinicians will offer them tools for coping with grief on a day-to-day basis, and we will help them move through their different feelings as they try to make sense of the death of a loved one. We understand that there is no rulebook for what it’s really like to cope with grief, and we will never give your teen directions on what to do or what they should be feeling while grieving. Instead, we will listen, offer support, and otherwise be in their corner as they experience the full spectrum of their emotions.