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Bereavement and grief: Complicated grief

Resources and information on bereavement and grief for the public and healthcare professionals.

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

Videos about complicated grief

Books about complicated grief

More resources for complicated grief

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