CHANGE

One key to understanding the uniqueness of grief for teens are the many changes they are going through just being an adolescent. Their bodies are changing radically physically, emotionally and sexually. For some it is hard for their wardrobes to keep up. While their bodies ache from the physical changes and the heart aches from loss, life can be overwhelming.

                Teens need adults who are willing to come alongside them, spend time with them, listen to them, and then listen some more.

                Teens need adults who are willing to come alongside them, spend time with them, listen to them, and then listen some more.

What they are feeling is normal during grief:

  • It is normal to be forgetful, the mind so busy it can’t be slowed down.
  • It is normal to feel constantly exhausted even with hours of sleep.
  • It is normal to feel confused and lost in familiar places.

It is important that they know it is normal. For them these feelings may seem to last forever, but again, they need to be reminded – it is temporary.  Just like growing pains, the grief will subside. They will heal.

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Creating a journal in which they can express their thoughts and feelings can be very helpful. Use an inexpensive composition book and encourage them to cover it with their own drawings or pictures, phrases, and words cut from magazines that remind them of their loved ones.

This journal becomes a place to write their thoughts, poems, stories, and pictures of what they were feeling at a given time during their grief journeys. The outside of the journal represents not only how unique their loved ones were but also their own uniqueness. It is good for them to go back to these journals and see their progress over time. It is healing to see in their own words how far they have come, that feelings are temporary and one thing constant is change.

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About Cari Zorno

Cari is married to the love of her life, Scott. She the mother of 4 wonderful kids. Cari has traveled the road of grief more than once as over a period two and one half years she lost her son Josh at age 20, her daughter Beth at age 17 and her son Chris age 17 to tragic accidents. As these 3 children have adventures in heaven Cari is blessed to have her daughter Abby still walking this earth. Cari’s heart is to reach out to the brokenhearted with God’s tender touch. She has spoken to large and small groups sharing her heart and what God’s word says about trials. She with her husband Scott have led a number of GriefShare groups and is in the process of producing a TATOOED by Grief A handbook for walking with grieving teens.

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