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Helping your teenager grieve

Te āwhina i tō rangatahi kia mōteatea

Mum comforting teenGrief is a natural and normal human response to losing someone or something important. It might be the loss of someone they love, the death of a pet or the break-up of an important relationship or friendship. It is a very individual process, and how one person grieves differ from others. There is no set time or way to do it.

Grieving and healing take as long as they take. For some people that could be weeks, for some months and for others longer still.

Grief may be particularly difficult for a rangatahi (young person) who may already be going through major emotional and physical changes as a result of puberty.

Helping and supporting them may include things such as:

You may be concerned that your rangatahi is taking a long time to start feeling better or their grief is overwhelming. If so, it is a good idea to talk to them about contacting their general practice team. Reassure them that talking to their health professional is confidential.

The pages below include lots of practical advice on ways you can help.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2023.


See also:

Depression in teens & young adults

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