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The death of a loved one is a stressful and sad time for all members of a family. During these difficult times, it is important to know how best to support your teenager.
Many different care providers can help your teenager deal with the death of a friend or family member. They include:
Teens are at risk for complicated mourning. If you think your teen needs help dealing with their grief, talk with a member of your teen’s care team.
Keep these things in mind as you talk with your teen about death:
These are some of the most common reactions teenagers have to the death of a loved one:
Some of these reactions may lead you to believe that your teenager is suffering from depression. Depression occurs when these issues last for several weeks and cause a big change in routine.
If you believe that your teen is suffering from depression, make an appointment for them to speak with a psychologist or counselor.
Reviewed: August 2022