Losing a sibling as a teenager is very very difficult. It hits very close to home and your teenager is not only intensely grieving the loss of their brother or sister, but they are also faced with the realization that death is not only for the elderly. It is a totally different level of pain and grief than they have ever experienced. They desperately want to speak to their sibling again or hold them one more time and they can’t. Your teen may have regrets for things they said or didn’t say, did or didn’t do.
Teens who lose a sibling are at higher risk for depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. They may not talk openly about their feelings making it difficult to know how well they are coping. We specialize in intense grief during the adolescent years and we are able to evaluate and monitor their functioning as they go through the grieving process. This is comforting to parents who are also trying to get through their own intense grief and are worried they may miss something with their teen’s ability to cope. Through empirically proven treatments such as Mindfulness, Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Interpersonal Therapy, we will monitor your teens functioning and they will feel better and get some relief.