3What is Grief?

The pain that comes from loss and change is called grief.  Because FTD changes someone you love, the grief you feel can make you have many different emotions- confusion, anger, sadness, or fear. The feelings can come on suddenly, almost as if they came out of nowhere.  They can disappear quickly, too. Everyone experiences grief differently and there is no right or wrong way to feel when you’re going through it.

The most important thing to do when you have grief is to share your feelings with someone you trust. Talking about feelings won’t make them go away but sharing your thoughts and feelings help you feel better faster.

Visit Kids Like Me to see artwork and to hear from kids who are going through this process, too. When the time is right, you might want to share a story, poem or some artwork of your own.

Sometimes I see my friends laughing with their dads or hugging them after a soccer game. It makes me so sad that it’s like the air gets sucked right out of me and I can’t breathe. My mom tells me these feelings are totally normal. Talking with her doesn’t take ALL the pain away but it definitely helps.