Confronting your mortality is often a painful part of being a teenager. This is particularly true if you're raising your teenager in a new country. From the distance to the potential language and cultural changes, helping your teen cope with the loss of a loved one requires patience and guidance.
Here are some ways to help your teen progress through the bereavement process in a new country:
A significant part of the bereavement process for teenagers is about validating their feelings.
When a friend reveals that she is pregnant, you may feel a significant degree of excitement to think about her eventually giving birth and becoming a mother. She may have other plans, however, and may tell you now or perhaps a couple months in the future that she has decided that placing baby for adoption will be the best path for the child. It's understandable that you might feel some sense of shock, especially if you've already been imagining visiting your friend and her child.