The death of a parent can be devastating for teenagers, especially if a teen leaned heavily on that parent for guidance and support. Each teenager will respond to the loss of a parent differently, but knowing how to approach a grieving teenage boy might give him the comfort he needs as he tries to move forward with his life.
Planning the Funeral
Teenagers might feel as though others are trying to shield them from a parent's death, according to KidsHealth, a child development site. While grief can be difficult, teenagers might cope better if they are involved in activities related to a parent's funeral. Helping others choose music to play at the funeral, writing a eulogy, or creating a collage depicting images of his parent's life might help a teenage boy deal with death.
Activities After the Funeral
Finding ways to honor his parent after the funeral can help teenagers as they grieve, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A teenager might enjoy getting involved in hobbies, charities or activities his parent enjoyed, such as volunteering with children or playing an instrument, according to PBS.com. Helping a teenager plan a memorial birthday party for his parent, along with helping him bake or cook her favorite foods, might also be beneficial for a grieving teenager.
After his father dies, a teenage boy might feel as though his father's memory is forbidden from all discussions, according to KidsHealth. Adults might worry that bringing up a dead relative could be upsetting. In reality, talking can help a teenage boy cope better with loss. Share any positive memories you have about the teenager's father or reminisce by going through family videos or photo albums together. He might also enjoy creating a journal about his father's life, collecting stories about his father from his loved ones.
Additional Activities for Coping
Many churches and community centers offer support groups for adolescents and adults who have had a loved who has died. A teenage boy's school counselor or doctor might also make recommendations for support groups or counseling that could help, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Teenagers might prefer that a relative attend these meetings, too. Bonding with other teenagers whose parents have died might not only make him new friends, but also help him process his grief.