There is no ‘normal’
Many of us have an idea in our head about what it looks like to be in grief, but it’s important to remember that there isn’t a ‘normal’ way to grieve. Teenagers, in particular, may respond to death in very different ways. Some may way to talk things through, some may close off or want to hide away, and others will appear unaffected by the loss. You may also find that the way a teenager grieves will change from one day to the next. These are all normal responses to bereavement.
Try not to place any expectation on the young person in your life. Instead, aim to respond to whatever their needs are in the moment. Providing them with a sense of stability during this time is one of the most powerful things you can do. Let them know you are here for them, and demonstrate this by being present and available for them as and when they need you.