When to Seek Additional Support

If you or your child need immediate support, please call or text #988 or chat at 988lifeline.org for crisis support.

Following a death, it is important to monitor changes in the frequency, intensity, and duration of a young person’s behaviors. Noticeable changes may indicate a need for professional support. Some examples of these changes are:

      • Inability to go to work or school
      • Difficulties in relationships
      • Disproportionate anger or irritability
      • Increased health issues
      • Sleep problems or nightmares
      • Feelings of hopelessness
      • Social withdrawal
      • Self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or suicidal ideation

These changes can impact a child or teen and their support system. Awareness of these changes can help create a supportive and safe environment for them. It is important to continue to show up for the child or teen in meaningful ways, ask what they need, and listen. Childhood bereavement professionals exist to support families after a death; do not hesitate to reach out for support for these changes or any other concerns.

Sometimes, children and teens who are grieving may find support by connecting with other peers who are grieving. This setting can provide them a space to share their stories, recognize they are not alone, and validate and normalize their experiences. Peer support can be offered in group, camp, or school settings. Consider asking the child if they feel this support would be beneficial. You can use the tools below to find support in your area or access our library of free resources.

Reminder: We know children who are grieving do better when they have strong, supportive relationships with the adults in their lives. It is essential to continue showing up in meaningful ways and listening to the expressed needs of the child grieving.