Most of us have received the news that our kids won't be returning to school this year. This is jarring and upsetting for all of us, but especially for Seniors and their families. Graduating is a significant transition and there is often some grieving that takes place. Celebrating the milestones that happen during the spring semester of a senior year help make the grieving process more sweet than bitter. So to have Prom, Graduation, and for some, Birthday celebrations taken away makes the jarring end of the school year that much harder for seniors.
Regardless of the pandemic, these milestones deserve to be celebrated! I gathered some resources to help your family find ways to make these milestones special in spite of the quarantine.
Missing a graduation ceremony is not only hard for the student but family members as well. So go ahead and have a home celebration. You all deserve it!
Click here to get ideas for other milestones including Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Funerals. https://www.uvmhealth.org/Pages/Coronavirus/Staying-Healthy/missed-milestones.aspx
Whether your teen’s prom has already been missed or not, there’s a good chance they have purchased attire. Go ahead and make it a special night with decorations, music, and food. It can be a family prom, or a virtual prom with friends. Here are some examples of how others have done this already:
This is a hard time for teenagers, senior or not. As one of my clients put it, all of her favorite parts of school are gone and her least favorite part - homework - is all that’s left. There will be grief and anger and that’s ok. Be forgiving with them and with yourself.
Here are a few resources for getting through this:
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Emma B Perez