Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 4833 Understanding Suicide Grief in Teens NAVIGATING THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME My teen is not talking to me. How can I encourage sharing? Peers are the primary support system for most teens; it is not uncommon for a teen to seek support from their friends rather than family.They may share everything with their friends and nothing with their parents.What’s important is making sure that your teen is getting the support they need, whether it be from you, friends, or other trusted adults (e.g., a coach, teacher, or counselor).You can simply ask, “Are you getting the support you need? If not, let’s talk about how I can help.” My teen doesn’t want to talk about the death at all, OR my teen only wants to talk about the death. What do I do? Everyone processes grief differently. For some teens it will be important to talk and share stories about the person who died. Others won’t want to verbalize what they’re feeling or experiencing. Some may choose to express their grief in other ways, such as writing or other creative arts, or through activities like playing sports, going for a hike, etc. You and your teen may well have different styles of grieving.You may want to talk about the death, whereas your teen may find that being alone is most helpful.Acknowledge that it is okay to choose different activities or ways to grieve, and be respectful and patient toward one another.