Adolescents may experience very strong reactions and need for help after a life-altering event. It is more natural for adolescents to seek support among their friends instead of their family or professional help.
However, other adolescents may not be equipped to deal with the grief of their friend, turning the situation particularly difficult. Sometimes the crisis forces the adolescent to grow up too fast, making their friends of the same age feel childish and even strangers.
Usually adolescents need adult presence more than under normal circumstances. Also, they feel the need to maintain set routines, such as shared dinners. Routines create a sense of security and continuity in a situation where life has changed to a significant extent.