At some level, all troubled teens are grieving teens. For many teens at FFS, the source of that grief is obvious: the death of a loved one, loss through divorce or abandonment, even the loss of their own future due to accident or illness. Without help to process such a loss, the grief of a child or teenager can take on a life of its own, often masked as substance abuse, anger, violence, or other self-destructive behavior.
Here at FFS we help students come to terms with loss with both individual counseling and in a grief support group with peers who have experienced the same thing. For these teens, dealing directly with their grief has opened the door to real healing. It is also the best way to keep it from resurfacing in the future as drug or alcohol abuse, or other dysfunctional behavior.