What to Say When Your Teen Loses a Friend to Addiction or Suicide
- Overcome the silence by opening room for dialogue. Don't force your child to talk, but make sure they know they are safe to express their feelings and emotions with you.
- Make sure all their needs and comforts are met. Times like these are the times to go the extra mile as a parent. Cook their favorite meals, care for them in the way they like, and treat them with the utmost tenderness and care.
- Don't hush conversations about the recently departed by encourage revisiting positive memories and experiences. Help them find gratitude for the times they shared.
- Keep a focus on recovery and the importance of continuing to work every part of a program, particularly in times of emotional need.
- Continuously give your support and acknowledge the hard work they are doing in recovery to protect their lives.
- Remind them lifetime recovery is possible and they can achieve it one day at a time.
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