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My cousin died and I miss him but I’m laughing and enjoying life. I feel like a bad person.

Question : I’m feeling really guilty these days because my cousin died a few months ago and we were really close. I feel guilty because that hasn’t stopped me from moving on and laughing and having fun. I feel really bad because I know how much his parents are suffering. I miss him and think about him all the time, but is this okay? Am I a bad person? Am I not grieving correctly? Teentalker , 16-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Thanks for writing in – so many people struggle with a variety of feelings after a death, and these feelings don’t get talked about enough. First I’d like to answer your three questions. Yes, living your life fully with fun and laughter after your cousin died is okay. No, you are not a bad person for doing this. And lastly – there is no right or wrong way to grieve, so no you are not grieving incorrectly!

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Everyone grieves in their own way and some people are able to.....

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