Coping with grieving and loss by Sandra Giddens Dr, Owen Giddens

By Sandra Giddens Dr, Owen Giddens

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Together you share in the experience and together you help each other to remember the person who died. A funeral allows you to publicly cry. Some teenagers may have been brought up with the understanding that it is not right to cry in public. A funeral is a time when tears are allowed and accepted. A funeral is also a time where you may see other family members, who usually have their emotions under control, now appear heartbroken. I never saw Dad cry. It was the first time. Meghan I worried about Mom and Dad.

You need your own time to heal. It is all right to be focused on your own needs for a while. The teenagers we interviewed felt that the family dynamics had changed after a death in the family. When a sibling dies and you are left all alone, this situation may leave you the sole focus of your parents' anger, confusion, and guilt. You may be the sole focus of their love as well. Your parents may become overprotective. Page 31 Just as you see your life as divided between pre- and post-loss periods, your relationship with your parents may also have altered.

Others seemed to handle the day-to-day routine of academic life much more easily. I am frustrated with myself. I can't pull the marks off that I used to. Tasha Friends are an important part of your day-to-day existence. It is important for you to understand your own coping mechanisms. If you feel that it is helpful to talk with your friends, then do, and if you feel that talking with your friends is not your style, then don't. It may be important for you to talk with an outsider, such as a psychiatrist, a social worker, a psychologist, or a minister.

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