What is Complicated grief?
Complicated grief can occur when we are unable to successfully navigate the stages of grief and loss due to the nature of the relationship with the deceased, issues surrounding the type of death, and many other factors. Complicated grief is generally associated with the feelings of being stuck and not being able to go on.
Intense feelings of anxiety and depression occur with complicated grief making it seem unbearable or leaving the person feeling hopeless with no motivation for continuing on with life. They are unable to accept the loss and move through the stages of grief.
Those suffering from complicated grief generally understand that their loved one is gone. However, they are unable to actually accept the death.
For most people, grief doesn’t ever completely go away. We will always feel a sense of loss for our loved ones. However, life becomes manageable over time, and we are able to move forward and still lead healthy, happy, and productive lives. For those experiencing complicated grief, the emotions and sense of loss can be so acute that everyday activities can become unmanageable.
Thoughts of the deceased or vivid images can wreak havoc on those suffering from complicates grief. They may have intense feelings of anger or resentment surrounding the death. This can be overwhelming depending on the circumstances of the death or depending on the relationship with the loved one. For example, the loss of a child may bring on complicated grief.
Complicated grief is treatable. There are many resources available including therapy and support groups. The grieving process can be difficult for any of us. However, if you feel that you or someone you know may be suffering from complicated grief, take the time to reach out for help. We never have to go through these things alone.
For more information on complicated grief and treatment, please visit: The Complicated Grief Program
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