Jack, a senior, lost the leading role in the fall play to a freshman. Maggie lost her entire friend group who “un-followed” her on SnapChat. Ben lost his 29-year-old cousin to a heroin overdose. Dana spent Saturday at the veterinarian where, at the end of the day, the Vet had to put down her beloved Golden Retriever.
Every day, our teens deal with loss, big and small. “Grief is a fact of life in our nation’s schools; 7 out of 10 teachers have a student currently in their classroom who is grieving, according to research by the New York Life Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers.” No doubt, they are hurting.
And when teens experience loss, parents can usually count on three things:
- We really want to help.
- Talking about it WILL help.
- They aren’t always eager to talk to us.
So what CAN we do to help them through the…