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Provide Healthy Outlets for Grieving Teens

For adolescents having a difficult time with loss, additional supports may be needed. Parents can help by encouraging teens to lead healthy lifestyles (eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep), but it is also important to remember that teens need outlets for their emotions. Writing or journaling is a great way for teens to express their emotions in private, and reflect on both their grief and the good times they shared with those they have lost. Creative outlets in general can allow for emotional catharsis, as well as strengthening self-awareness and introspection.

Therapy is another healthy outlet, and provides grieving teens with structure in which to process their grief in a more focused and direct manner. We at Courage to Connect work with people of all ages to help them cope with grief and loss; if you feel your teen needs extra help navigating their grief, let’s connect.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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