Adolescence is a time of self discovery, finding out who you are and what your future holds for you. It can be a difficult time in itself, but when you add the loss of an important person, it can complicate things.
There can be so many more losses than just that loved one; loss of a confidant, mentor, sense of security, home, having to move to a new school district, loss of old friends from the old neighborhood and school, loss of a future with that person, and so on. Sometimes the death results in a new caregiver and having to find your place in your new home. Resulting feelings can be anger, isolation, lack of motivation and feeling misunderstood.
As all these emotions can be confusing, remember they are normal. Discovering your new normal and new routine can be the hard part. Seek trusted people who will listen. Find positive coping skills like, journaling, running, exercising, reading, music and staying involved with friends. Remain open and flexible to changes that present themselves, as life will never be exactly as it was prior to your loss. Most of all remain hopeful that all will work out. By learning how to keep your loved one alive in your heart and spirit you will heal and have a fulfilling life.