The experience of loss has a significant impact on a teenager’s development and functioning.
The experience of loss, whether a result of normal life transitions like a family move or more serious losses like a death in the family or catastrophic experience, has a significant impact on a teenager’s development and functioning. If you are concerned about how your teen has adjusted to a significant loss, reaching out to a therapist can help you navigate the intricate process of grief. Teens benefit greatly from working with a therapist who will empathize, listen, and recognize that each grief experience is unique. A therapist will help you follow your teen’s lead in the grief process, increase awareness of how your own grief reactions impact your teen, and consider ways in which loss impacts your teen’s identity development and growing need for independence.