I’ve been a bereavement care professional, working with thousands of children and adults for almost two decades. I’ve bared witness to many beginning their journey with grief, hopelessly, and watched as their grief transformed to hopeful individuals living a more meaningful and thoughtful life.
Until my child matured into a young adult, it never occurred to me that I worked with very few young adults. I seldom pondered on this missed demographic until our family grieved alongside a mom and her two daughters, 16 and 18 respectively, after their father died by suicide; then shortly thereafter, another family’s son, of age 21, was hit by a drunk driver leaving his parents and 17 year old sister to grieve. Fortunately, my experience as a bereavement care professional and friend allowed me to be helpful. But it was evident that few resources were available for these emerging young adults.