The Four Types of Complicated Grief
Four Types of Complicated Grief Are Identified
- Chronic grief is characterized by normal grief reactions that do not subside and continue over very long periods of time.
- Delayed grief is characterized by normal grief reactions that are suppressed or postponed and the survivor consciously or unconsciously avoids the pain of the loss.
- Exaggerated grief – The survivor resorts to self-destructive behaviors such as suicide.
- Masked grief – The survivor is not aware that behaviors that interfere with normal functioning are a result of the loss.
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