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Importance of grief counseling for teens in crisis

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Grief counseling is important for teens going through trauma. Grief counseling is important for teens going through trauma.

Tragedies, like the passing of a teacher or classmate, can be devastating for students. These sudden events can leave teens feeling confused and helpless. This is why grief counseling was provided for the students at Independence High School after the passing of a faculty member. 

According to the Director of Life Strategies Counseling, Hamlet Smith, the best way to process a traumatic event is by talking to someone.

"We as human beings process crisis in our life through verbal language skills. So the act of just explaining that means you have to organize it in your mind and give it some purpose," Smith said.

The person providing counsel can play a big role in how teens process traumatic events. Smith stressed the importance of talking to someone who is positive and recognizes that tragedy is something worth overcoming.

"If you come to someone who is coming at crisis with a view towards understanding that crisis can build character, find purpose in life, and use it as motivation for your life. That really changes every thing about crisis in your life," Smith explained.

Grief counseling is especially important for teens. Smith said teens often have a more difficult time processing tragic events and therefore, need a extra help.

"That is a stage in their life when they do need extra help finding meaning, find purpose in crisis situations," Smith said.

Life Strategies Counseling and Raleigh County Schools are providing grief counseling for the students at Independence High School,

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