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  • The Pain Only Few Have Ever Known

    Suddenly losing a sister. Written by Odessa Jayde. The day after Christmas, I lost my sister. She originally wasn’t supposed to live the first twenty-four hours. She lived to be ten years old. She was born with a lot of health issues (cerebral palsy, microcephaly and a few other issues I can’t remember). I remember the day she died like it was yesterday. It was my 12 year-old sister’s birthday and I was going up to my mom’s to spend the day with them and have dinner with them. I met up with my sister at a park that was in between my house and my mom’s house. We hit the corner to walk up the street when we heard the sirens, then we saw the ambulance and the police cars. We got closer to my mom’s house and that’s when my sister and I realized that the ambulance was at my moms house and we started to run. We hit the corner right across from her house and I heard “Those are my girls! Stop my girls!” I recognized the voice as my mom's. She was sitting on her front porch with an officer next to her to help her, while my sister was being carried to the ambulance. I had called my grandma when we heard the sirens and then I called her again to tell her what was going on. She then called my grandfather to come get me and my sister and bring us home. I sat in the truck while I watched my mom run to the cop car to get taken to the hospital. My grandfather took me and my sister home, my other grandfather called and said my sister had died, even though we weren’t a hundred percent sure. My other siblings were brought to the house. I sat there waiting for any new information on my sister, my grandma got a call from my mom saying she wanted my gramma to go to the hospital and sit with her. My grandma took me into my computer room and told me my sister died. My aunt and cousin came to sit with us while my grandpa took my grandma up to the hospital. I tried my best to not be hysterical but it was really hard not to fall apart. After my grandma came home, I left to go be with my boyfriend and his mom. I sat in his bed and cried for a long time and just talked to him about how I felt. After a few hours I went home. Five days after my siblings were removed from my mom and placed into foster care. January 2nd we had my sister’s funeral, I was in shock and couldn’t cry. I didn’t want to believe that my sister was gone, I blamed myself for the longest time. I thought “if I had gotten there sooner, I could’ve done something”. I felt like it was my fault that my sister died. I didn’t want to get out of bed. After all of this I was expected to go back to school and that was one of the hardest things in my life. After my sister was gone for a couple months, I made the decision to go see my sister’s teacher and see the classroom. It felt extremely hard but I did it. Odessa Jayde lost her sister the day after Christmas of 2020. She has decided to share her story online.

  • Introducing: Notes of Hope

    A shorter way to share your grief. Introducing the Notes of Hope page: A quick way to share your thoughts about grief and mental health. On the Notes page, you can view and share short submissions about anything related to grief and mental health. These can include advice, your story, a hopeful message, and more. To share a note or view others’, check out the Notes of Hope page here.

  • Student Grief Twitter Chat Highlights

    View the highlights of our April 20th Student Grief Twitter Chat. Last month, Teenage Grief Sucks hosted a Student Grief Twitter Chat, which was part of an essential ongoing conversation looking at how grieving students can support themselves and be supported by others, especially by their educators and peers. During the chat, many amazing people and organizations shared their insights on teenage grief, including To Write Love On Her Arms, The Grief Reality, the Rader Ward Foundation, YouAreLoved, and Families for Depression Awareness. We want to say a big thank you to these organizations, and all the others who participated, for helping us share the importance of being there for grieving students. If you're interested in checking out the highlights from the chat, click here to view the Twitter Moment.

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  • Twitter Chats | Teenage Grief Sucks

    Student Grief Twitter Chat (#teengriefchat) April 20, 2021, at 1 pm EST Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teenage students are facing grief and related mental health issues at higher levels than in the past. This Twitter chat is part of an essential ongoing conversation looking at how grieving students can support themselves and be supported by others, especially by their educators and peers. ​ To participate in this chat, you can view the @teengriefsucks Twitter account from 1-2 pm EST on April 20 , and retweet or reply to our questions. This chat will take place under the #teengriefchat hashtag. ​ Everyone is invited to join , but we especially urge grieving teenagers, mental health organizations, educators, and anyone with a grieving teen in their life to participate in this chat. ​ If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at teenagegriefsucks@gmail.com . You can view this chat's social media graphics here . We hope to chat with you on April 20th! Questions - Welcome everyone! Please take a moment to introduce yourselves. ​ Q1: What is grief, and how does it affect teenagers differently than adults? ​ Q2: Why is it important that we talk about student grief? ​ Q3: Students can face many struggles when going back to school after a loss. What are some of these struggles, and how can grieving students cope with them? ​ Q4: Students may have a difficult time talking to peers and educators about their loss. How can they bring this subject up, and what should they share? ​ Q5: How can educators best support grieving students? ​ Q6: How can students best support their grieving peers? ​ [May be cut for time] Q7: Many people would like to support a grieving student, but don’t know enough about the grief process to do so. What are some things they should know about grief, and how can they learn more? ​ Q8: What resources are available for grieving students or people who want to learn more about grief? How to Format Your Responses Start your answers with "A1:, A2:, ...." with the numbers corresponding to the question numbers.​ ​ Include #teengriefchat somewhere in each of your tweets for this conversation. ​ (Not sure what to do? Click here to view an example from our last chat .) RSVP Your name / Organization's name Will you be attending this chat? Yes No Possibly Add a message (optional) Submit Thank you!

  • About | Teenage Grief Sucks

    about . we believe that no one should feel alone during grief. we're opening up conversations about teenage grief, one story at a time. Teenage Grief Sucks (TGS) is a teen-run website that's starting conversations about teenage grief. Run by Natalie Adams, who lost her dad when she started high school, TGS shares weekly stories about grief from the perspective of teens. contact talk to TGS Thank you for submitting! submit social media our story 1 in 5 kids grieve. so... why don't more people talk about it? When Natalie Adams* was just starting high school, the unthinkable happened: her dad died . ​ Instead of spending her evenings hanging out with friends and focusing on school, Natalie found herself struggling to keep up with her homework and social life while grieving. ​ Like most teens, Natalie spent a lot of time on her phone, so naturally she decided to look online for resources to help with her grief. While she did come across some really helpful websites, she was unable to find what she was really looking for: a teenage grief site by teenagers. Everything she found was written by adults, and even though adult perspectives were helpful to her, what she really needed was stories written by someone her own age. ​ Natalie kept looking for a website like this, but she never found one. One day, during a "teenage grief" Google search, she got an idea. Natalie had always loved writing, and already wrote some about her grief, so why shouldn't she make her words public? thus, Teenage Grief Sucks came to be. Over the next few months, Natalie's writings slowly turned into a project she liked to call "Teenage Grief Sucks" - because, well, teenage grief does suck. Natalie was determined to make TGS a place where anyone could go and be able to read something they related to. Teenage Grief Sucks was released in March 0f 2020, and is unlike other resources for grieving teens, as almost all of the content provided is written by teenagers themselves. Teens are able to read stories written by kids their age about subjects such as school and social lives , and are even able to share their own grief stories . ​ Natalie still runs TGS, and plans to keep expanding it as she grows older to reach as many grieving teenagers as possible. While donations are not accepted at this time, the greatest ways you can help are by sharing your grief story and sharing this website with people who need it. ​ ​ *Pseudonym due to age. want to get involved? SHARE YOUR GRIEF

  • Teenage Grief Sucks | Teens Talking About Grief

    The Pain Only Few Have Ever Known by Odessa Jayde R E A D we're talking about teenage grief. read stories written by grieving teens and share your own. share your story SHARE YOUR GRIEF start here S T A R T read articles A R T I C L E S

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