Bereavement can often trigger physical or mental health illnesses like "major depression and complicated grief
." With children no longer at home, parents and grandparents crave love and human connection even more.
My husband Stuart, my son Scott and I are dealing with what is known as "complicated grief
Eric Bui, associate director for research at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief
Program at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.
"At times, people develop complicated grief
. At this point, they need to seek professional help to cope," she said.
It's a very complicated grief
. And while I would have desperately paid someone in the first few months for it to be removed forever, I no longer look for a cure, for a fix, for it to be removed.
in his complicated grief
, resists trusting the Syrian.
(1995) for complicated grief
(CG) by looking for an assessment instrument that could differentiate maladaptive symptoms of grief (CG) from normal reactions after the death of a loved one.
In the intervening years, I've been engaged in the messy and, as Brown attests, "dirty" business of complicated grief
These include an overall week-by-week approach to change, approachable real-life stories, step-by-step instructions (such as for how to explain your depression to your spouse), powerful questions (like, during reflection on people in your social circle, "What would I have liked to have been different about the relationship?"), checklists (such as for identifying complicated grief
), and affirming bite-sized pep talks in the margins.
Several DSM-5 criteria lasting 6 months or longer can help identify complicated grief
, as can available assessment tools.
Drawing on my earlier experience of complicated grief
I was determined this time to face my grief head on and knew it was vital I supported my two boys to grieve also, in order for the most positive outcome.
For relatives who did not understand the brain death process, the prevalence of complicated grief
symptoms was higher, compared to those who did understand (P = 0.026).