Teens offer a special challenge when helping them cope with grief or loss. They sometimes push those they love far away, when in fact what they need or want is to be loved and held. Author Jeannette Curtis offers several tips in her article on WebMD titled Key Points To Helping A Teen Through Grief. She states it is important to know what is normal teen behavior, listen and watch, don't force a teen before he or she is ready, and make time for the teen. Check out WebMD to read the rest of her article. I found her information right on target for a teen feeling the loss from the death of a loved one. I also want to remind parents that for a teen, any loss of something they love can cause grief. The death of a pet, divorce, or loss of a friendship can cause a teen to feel deep grief. Allowing the teen time and letting your teen know that you are there for them is vital for healthy recovery. A resource listed on WebMD is http://www.rainbows.org/. It is an international organization where peer support is offered for children and their families who are suffering grief from death, divorce, or other family transition. Check out www.webmd.com/balance/helping-teens-who-are-grieving for the entire article. Also check out http://www.rainbows.org/ to find a local chapter for more resources or to find out how you can train and open a rainbows chapter in your area.