30 Children, Teens and Suicide Loss promiscuity, and smoking. If you are concerned for their physical safety or emotional well-being, you may want to let them know you will respect their privacy as long as you feel they are not harming themselves or someone else, or being harmed by others. Encourage Remembering After a suicide death, many teens will encounter social stigma. This can make them feel uncomfortable or unwilling to talk about the person who died. Teens benefit from remembering and talking about the person they lost, however. Encourage them to share memories, tell stories, ask questions, and establish rituals. Continue to provide opportunities for teens to share and remember in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Take Breaks Encourage teens to have some fun, laugh, spend time with friends, do things they enjoy, and exercise. It’s important to recognize that the death is just one aspect of the teenager’s life; give them permission to take a break from grief and explore other parts of their lives. In addition, since many teens set unrealistic expectations for themselves, providing and encouraging healthy outlets can help reduce the amount of stress they may be experiencing. Understanding Suicide Grief in Teens Navigating the Weeks and Months to Come My teen is not talking to me. How can I encourage sharing? Peers are the primary support system for most teens; it is not uncommon for a teen to seek support from their friends rather than family. They may share everything with their friends and nothing with their parents. What’s important is making sure that your teen is getting the support they need, whether it be from you, friends, or other trusted adults