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How Do Millennial's Experience Loss?


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Posted On: Mar 06, 2017

How Do Millennial's Experience Loss?

The millennial generation has a bad, unearned reputation. Other generations accuse them of everything under the sun. It's unfortunate to fall for such misconceptions because they ignore the experiences of most millennial's, who are coming up in an unknown world. You see, it's true, there are some things millennial's don't experience as early as their forebears. Most of them have not experienced war or economic recession. Because people, on the whole, are now living longer, members of the millennial generation aren't always as acquainted with death, not even by the time they hit their 20s or 30s. As such, they deal with loss differently, and they grieve a bit differently, as well.

It's Often a Shock

Going back to the fact that many millennial's haven't lost anyone close to them, even by adulthood, you have to understand that the death of someone close comes as quite the shock. Imagine never losing someone. It's a blessing and incredibly fortunate. Millennial's do not take that for granted, but it does affect how they grieve once they experience a devastating loss. They don't have the coping skills necessary because they haven't learned them yet.

They Vent their Feelings

For the most part, people in the millennial generation have no interest in grieving the way society says they should. To outsiders, it seems tacky or cold when a younger person talks about the death of someone they love on social media. It's neither of those things. It's not meant to be disrespectful. Millennial's talk about their feelings. They vent their anger, sadness, and frustration even if no one's listening because they understand the importance of opening up their emotions.

They Take a Proactive Approach

Millennial's are forging new paths in hundreds of areas—and that includes bereavement. For other generations, grief is a given, something you passively allow. It takes over your mind and body, then it passes. Millennial's are not content with that approach. They dictate their grief, not the other way around. They don't wait for it to hit them. They honor their emotions as they come. If, however, they have to compartmentalize because their jobs or classes won't stop for grief, that's what they do.

None of those things sound lazy, entitled, or weird to me. It seems like a positive evolution of grief, one that takes an active approach and reaches out to anyone who understands.