Young Adults and Grief
Grief is a challenge no matter what. But grief on top of everything that comes with being a young adult can be especially challenging.
You’ve recently graduated — or are trying to graduate. Or you’re beginning a new job — or trying to find a job. You’ve moved out of your family home — or are planning to move out sometime soon. So much is unknown, and there always seems to be so much to do.
Who has time to grieve?
And anyway, what are you supposed to do about it? Isn’t complaining about things like this acting like a kid? You’re an adult now. You’re supposed to be able to handle things like this by yourself — aren’t you? That’s what everyone seems to be telling you anyway. Time to “get over it” and move on with your life.
Unfortunately, grief doesn’t work like that. You can’t just tell it to go away and have it disappear.
How Grief Works
A death creates a hole inside us, the absence of someone who’s special to us. Grief is our reaction to that emptiness by our bodies, minds and spirits.
Grief doesn’t just disappear — because that absence doesn’t just disappear. But we can help ourselves. We can go on living a fuller and richer life while continuing to remember our special person.
And the best way to get there is traveling along with others who are in the same boat.
Totally Connected and Feeling Isolated
Young adults are the most connected generation ever, accessible 24/7. Yet they tell us they often feel isolated and alone, depressed and stressed, especially after someone has died.
All kinds of new feelings and questions and worries come to mind again and again. But who understands? Who can you share all this with? We’ve heard many times that so many young adults feel that they’re alone in their grief.
The Importance of Support
What we have seen over and over is that the support of others who care and who understand what we’re feeling and thinking can be the key to managing grief. And who understands more than peers who have also experienced the death of someone special?
Our grief support groups for young adults will allow you to virtually connect with others your age who are experiencing their own challenges recognizing, experiencing, or managing grief during difficult times — or when society says you’re expected to handle it all on your own.
These online groups provide a safe, caring, and confidential setting. The groups are designed to help empower and equip young adults with tools to provide a framework for navigating grief. At the same time, you’ll get to hear from your peers who are struggling with and sometimes overcoming some of the same issues you’re dealing with.
Young Adults and Grief