Dealing With Grief

Makayla Ferguson, Editor


Grief is defined as deep sadness caused especially by someone’s death.

As teenagers mature into young adults, chances are they have or will experience the loss of a loved one. And, with this loss, comes grief.

“Grief can come in many forms,” said LCHS Consulor Ms. Marcia James.

“What is most important to remember during a time of heartache,”Ms. Marcia James said, “Is to remember, no matter how isolated and alone a student may feel, he/she/they is not alone in experiencing grief.”

There are ways to cope with the pain of losing a love one. According to Mental Health America; expressing your feelings, seeking out for caring people, be patient, and more ways can help while grieving.

Mental Health America also lists the emotions that could be expected like, sadness, denial, anger, guilt, and others are listed on there website. They also give advice for people that are helping someone else as in a friend or family member.

James also said, “Grief could last any amount of time and that it is different for each person.” She also said “Each person deals with it a different amount of time and certain thing can trigger emotions.”

Grief is not only from the death of a love one, it can be also be acquired by a divorce or breakup, a miscarriage, losing a job, and more causes that are found the Health Guide website. The website gives a ton of information about your emotions, how to cope with the pain, and more informational facts.

The Health Guide lists symptoms that may occur if you are dealing with grief, the website also lists the stages of grief. The stages are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and lastly acceptance.

James, said, “I think that everyone goes through the stages differently and sometimes the stages repeat.”

It’s really difficult to handle the numbness that you feel all on your own but just know friends, family, teachers, and many more people are here to help. More people than you know deal with with grief in their life that could be overlooked.

This person might have made a significant impact on others.

Thus, when a life is lost, it can cause a huge void in a person’s life.

“I believe what helps people grieve is having friends and knowing that they are there for you,” James said and continued, “The friend that you talk to should know you well as in saying that they should know if you want to talk about it or if you need time for yourself.”

She also said if the student does experience a past or recent loss and are finding themselves needing support they are always welcome to speak with a school counselor. There are books available to check out as well as brochures.

For more information, visit a link below.

Help 304:
WV Family Grief Center:
Camp Caring Grief Camp:
Camp Good Grief:

Coping with Grief and Loss