A recent study conducted by Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children and teens, found more young people than expected deal with grief.
The study found that 1 out of 9 individuals in the U.S. have lost a parent before turning 20 , and 1 out of every 7 individuals will lose a brother or sister. Seventy-five percent of the surviving parents are mothers; those surveyed said they feel their lives would have been better if the deceased parents had survived. The study also found that young women who lose a parent have a harder time dealing with the loss than their male counterparts.
The Comfort Zone Camp offers a tip sheet for surviving parents to help their children and themselves deal with grief. Tips include helping children and teens find support systems, showing children healthy coping skills, actively remembering the departed and incorporating them into traditions, and not giving up authority as a parent.
[photo: Pink Sherbet Photography]