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11. Grief
 
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11. Grief

Complicated grief: Bereavement is a universal experience. However, sometimes sustained and intense grief can become a chronic debilitating condition.  Approximately one in ten bereaved people experience complicated grief, with higher rates amongst those bereaved by disaster or violent death, or with parents who lose a child. 

  • Complicated grief involves
  • prolonged experiences of grief, usually for more than one year
  • intense yearning for the deceased; rumination about the death
  • ongoing reactive distress related to the death e.g., anger, bitterness and self-blame
  • sense that life is futile or meaningless; detachment from others.

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