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What is complicated grief?
For a small number of people, the reduction in their feeling of grief over time does not happen. Their grief becomes stuck and they experience disabling and persistent symptoms that don’t improve. Strong feelings of yearning and distress continue to be experienced, often coupled with feelings of anger, guilt, bitterness, and an inability to re-engage with their life. This phenomenon is called Complicated Grief.
Complicated Grief (CG) is now recognised as a diagnosable disorder, with up to 10% of bereaved people at risk. CG can be diagnosed following a thorough clinical assessment as early as six months post-bereavement.
Websites about complicated grief
The Center for Complicated Grief
Columbia University's Center for Complicated Grief aims improve the lives of CG sufferers through fostering continued innovative research and through public outreach that includes raising awareness of CG, reducing stigma and other misconceptions, and training professionals.
Mayo Clinic: Complicated Grief
This site is an introduction to Complicated Grief by the staff of the Mayo Clinic. It is written to help bereaved people understand what CG is and whether they are suffering from it.
Healthline: Depression v. Complicated Grief
This site provides a brief overview of complicated grief and explains how it differs from clinical depression. It covers the causes and symptoms of CG and explains treatment options.
Videos about complicated grief
Books about complicated grief
Publication Date: 2012-08-28
Complicated Grief provides a balanced, up-to-date, state-of-the-art account of the scientific foundations surrounding the topic of complicated grief. In this book, Margaret Stroebe, Henk Schut and Jan van den Bout address the basic questions about the concept, manifestations and phenomena associated with complicated grief. They bring together researchers from different disciplines, providing a broad range of cultural and societal perspectives, to enable the reader to access the scientific knowledge base regarding complicated grief, on both theoretical and empirical levels.
Treatment of Complicated Mourning
Publication Date: 1993-01-01
This is the first book to focus specifically on complicated mourning, often referred to as pathological, unresolved, or abnormal grief. It provides caregivers with practical therapeutic strategies and specific interventions that are necessary when traditional grief counseling is insufficient. The author provides critically important information on the prediction, identification, assessment, classification, and treatment of complicated mourning.
Complicated Grief Treatment Manual
Publication Date: 2015
Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) is a 16-session, evidence-based approach that helps resolve grief complications and facilitate the natural adaptive process. By following the instructions in this manual and using other training supports as needed, you can learn to administer a simple, highly eﬀective treatment that can change the lives of people caught in a seemingly endless cycle of grief.
More resources for complicated grief
Irish Hospice Foundation - Complicated Grief Programme
The Irish Hospice Foundation created the Complicated Grief Programme, headed by Dr Susan Delaney. The programme includes a small clinical practice for the treatment of complicated grief (with a sliding fee scale). An evidence-based treatment called Complicated Grief Therapy is utilised.
Complicated Grief and Its Treatment
A brief handout for patients and their families that provides an overview of some of the basic information about grief, adaptation to loss, complicated grief and CGT.
Complicated Grief Therapists
The Irish Hospice Foundation have also compiled a list of therapists who are trained complicated grief practitioners. Practitioners are listed by County and contact details are provided.
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