Helping children deal with loss

Posted on: 10:42 pm, February 20, 2013, by , updated on: 10:44pm, February 20, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C.– Grief counselors have been on hand helping students deal with the tragic loss of 17-year-old Josh Level.

Level died after he collapsed while playing a basketball game in Greensboro.

Liz Griffin, a children’s grief counselor at Kid’s Path, says helping teens cope with loss can be a challenge.

“Not every child is a sit down, talk about your feelings, get it all out there type of child, in fact most children aren’t,” she explains.

Griffin says teenagers tend to be withdrawn and rely more on talking to their peers, especially when there’s a death of a loved one or someone close to their age.

“They think this isn’t fair. Why did this happen to me? Why is it always me, they might say that too,” explains Griffin.

Griffin says although teens have the same emotions as adults, it can be harder for them to make sense of a tragedy.

Her advice to parents is to give details in small doses, be honest and be there to listen whenever they are ready to open up.