I have a 16yr old daughter, who lost her father at 12yrs of age. Since she has been to a grammar school got good grades but attended intermittantly. Now after starting 6th form college which she says she enjoys all the occasional abscence has started again. She says she is not grieving for her dad, and even tells me to get over it !! please what can I do ? shes been to counsellors etc but to no avail .

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Greta - posted on 10/09/2012

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Just remember that grieving is a process. My daughter is now a tenth grader. We are doing well thank you.

Susan - posted on 10/09/2012

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Thank you so much Greta, It's terrible isn't it. But you have been a great help and thank you again for your time. Hope you and your daughter are okayxx

Greta - posted on 10/09/2012

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My daughter lost her dad to cancer when she was not quite 8 yrs old. It took a few years, for her to come back full circle. She was an avid reader prior to his passing, after his passing she stopped reading. It was almost 2 yrs later, before she got back into the thick of things. Yes, she had some counseling.

Your daughter may still be grieving, or there is something bothering her at school. whether it's other kids causing a problem, or she is having trouble with a teacher. And unfortunately it could be her age. They want to be more independent at 16, but they often don't realize that there are consequences. If you are familiar with any of her friends, you might try asking them. Contact her instructors and see if she is indeed doing well.

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