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Understanding Grief

Grief is a mix of emotions such as sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, fear and anxiety that occurs when we experience a loss, whether it be from the death of a loved one, a divorce, a move to a new school, etc. Grief is the process of experiencing the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual response to this loss. Everyone's experience is different. It's important to work through these feelings now so they don't resurface later on or lead to destructive behaviors.

Some common signs of grief include:

  • inability to concentrate
  • shock, numbness
  • avoidance
  • anger
  • self-blame
  • confusion
  • irritability
  • loss of interest
  • over-activity, acting too busy

Techniques to help you work through:

  • identify and express feelings
  • journaling
  • letter-writing (write a letter and then shred it, or save it)
  • arts and crafts
  • music
  • exercise
  • laughing with friends
  • spending time with loved ones
  • make a memory book

Signs of healing:

  • feeling at peace with the past
  • hope for the future
  • feeling okay being alone (being careful not to isolate)

Need To Talk ?

2nd Floor Helpline is a free and confidential 24/7 hotline for teens.

1 888-222-2228 or

Please use the following link to learn more about GRIEF IN TEENS.