How grief can force you to grow up too fast

Grief, particularly at a young age and for a family member, can force us to grow up too fast and face the world before we're 'ready'.

1/16/2022 10:00:00 PM

Growing up ‘too fast’ can manifest in myriad ways and grief at a young age can lead to life-long trauma. But, how does it affect you and what are some ways to cope with this?

Grief, particularly at a young age and for a family member, can force us to grow up too fast and face the world before we're 'ready'.

It can force you to face the harsh reality that everyone dies – before you’re ready to.Growing up ‘too fast’ can manifest in myriad ways and grief at a young age can lead to life-long trauma. But, how does it affect you and what are some ways to cope with this?

eldest childAs Cindy Lamothe writes in(Picture: Getty Images/fStop)‘I remember it being extremely isolating as my peers were normal seven-year-olds who suddenly I viewed as exceptionally juvenile,’ she remembers.Katharine has felt like she was more ‘grown up’ in comparison to her peers at various stages of her life because of this early loss of her parent, and says that even now, when friends experience a loss, it is her that they come to because she ‘gets it’.

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