I'm 17 and I just lost a friend.
We used to be so close, but lately it seems like we're growing apart.
I don't know what to do, I feel like a part of me is missing.
I don't understand what went wrong and I miss her so much.
I just want our friendship back.
Do you have any advice on how to handle this situation?
Thanks for your help,
Dear Friendless Teen,
First, try to reach out to your friend and have an open and honest conversation about what's happened.
Communication is key to resolving conflicts and misunderstandings.
Remember to be respectful and non-judgmental, and listen to their perspective.
If your friend is not open to reconnecting, it's okay to let go and move forward.
Surround yourself with other positive relationships and focus on building new friendships.
Second, Losing a close friend can be a painful and confusing experience, but it's also a natural part of life.
Relationships change and evolve over time, and sometimes people grow apart.
It's important to allow yourself to process your feelings of sadness and loss.
Grief is a normal reaction to any kind of loss, and it's okay to take time to heal.
Finally, know that the pain you're feeling will fade over time.
And who knows, you may be able to rekindle your friendship in the future. (This has happened plenty of times in my life. Sometimes my friend and I just needed a few months a part).
But in the meantime, focus on taking care of yourself and building a strong support network.
I believe in you and I know that you will find happiness and fulfillment in your relationships and your life.