Complicated grief is a syndrome of acute grief and anxiety lasting 6
or more months after the death of a loved one.1
Complicated grief may also be called separation trauma, traumatic grief, or
Symptoms of complicated grief include:
- A preoccupation with the loved
- Excessive loneliness.
- Longing and yearning for the
- Difficulty doing everyday things without the loved one.
Complicated grief is different from post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD). With PTSD, a person is anxious and fearful that the traumatic event
that caused the loss will occur again. In complicated grief, anxiety results
because the person is searching and yearning for his or her loved one.
If you or someone you know has symptoms of complicated grief, seek
help from a professional counselor specializing in grief counseling.