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.