Usually complicated grief is grief that goes on longer than “normal”. And instead of a person slowly healing as they work through the grief cycle, they can actually find they are coping worse as time goes by instead of better.
You will hear words like; more painful, debilitating, unresolved, protracted, traumatic, prolonged sense of mourning, inability to recover, overwhelmed by emotions, is severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.
Actually many of the other grief definitions fall under the blanket of complicated or unresolved grief – absent grief – inhibited grief- delayed grief – conflicted grief- chronic grief.
The symptoms can include but aren’t limited to:
We will experience many of the symptoms mentioned above.
It is the intensity and duration that define whether what you are experiencing is “normal”, healthy bereavement or if you have moved into complicated grief.
Also considered is the number of symptoms that you are experiencing.
According to Mayo Clinic, if you are experiencing a majority of these symptoms they believe you
could benefit from professional grief counseling.
If you believe that you may be experiencing this kind of grief do not try to “go it alone”! Seek help. If your regular support systems are not helping you to heal consider seeking the help of someone who has been trained to guide you through the grieving process and into healing.
If you are not sure where to find this kind of help start by asking your pastor, hospital or hospice staff, or your local senior center as they are likely to be able to put you in touch with the proper resources.
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