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How to talk with your Teen about Death

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Today we would like to talk with our audience about a sensitive topic.

We would like to approach our audience with the title, " Death, how to talk to your teen?"

I sought the internet for resource material to help us through our lost.

http://adapp.org/wp-content/upload/GUIDE.pdf listed a short guide for parents.

I highlighted some of the info.  We would like to share what we have learned.  The guide starts with:


It’s best to tell the truth.

Provide accurate information about the death and the circumstances surrounding it. Be as

truthful as possible about the facts. Remember, teens cognitively understand the nature of

death as adults do. Respect their knowledgeand developmental stage. You don’t have to

give all the details, but ask the adolescents if they have any questions. If they do, answer the

questions to the best of your ability!


Dealing with reactions

We thought it was a wonderful passage to remind parents that we do not deal with death in the same way.

Teens may seek their parents, Teens may seek friends, Teens may choose to be alone or have erratic behavior.

Some choose to act out while others take time to show symptoms of their feelings.  Its best to monitor them close, talk freely about the death, and support them through grieving process. 

Getting More Help

A doctor, school guidance counselor, or mental health organization can provide assistance and recommendations. Also look for books, websites, support groups, and other resources that help people manage grief.  Parents can't always shield kids from sadness and losses. But helping them learn to cope with them builds emotional resources they can rely on throughout life.