We bring you help for complicated grief from experts in bereavement. Dealing with complicated grief first depends on recognising that you have a problem. So how do you know if you have complicated grief and how do you overcome it?
Grief affects everyone at some stage or another of our lives and is always going to be different for all of us. The way we cope with grief depends on so many factors. Who died, our relationship with them, our state of mind and health at the time of the bereavement, our support systems and family and finally our own personalities. But having said that, most people, once the shock has passed, can start to function normally and gradually get back to coping with day to day life.
Complicated grief (known also as 'traumatic grief', 'prolonged grief' or 'persistent complex bereavement disorder' - PCBD) occurs when the symptoms of grief are unduly prolonged and get in the way of normal life. You may be more at risk for complicated grief if you have experienced:
Many of the above symptoms are also normal consequences of grief but if you answered yes to one or more of the questions AND the symptoms have been going on for a long time, you may need help for complicated grief.
There is no shame in asking for help, or admitting that you are unable to cope or move on with your bereavement. Research shows that up to 20% of those dealing with loss may have a prolonged and intense experience of grief, so you are certainly not alone.
Even if you don't meet the exact criteria for 'persistent complex bereavement disorder', there is no harm in getting some additional support in any case if you are unhappy with the way you feel.
Most people with complicated grief will need some professional help to overcome their symptoms and move on with their lives. There are various ways to find help.
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Try a gentle hypnotherapy track to relax the mind and help you cope with your grief. We recommend Hypnosis Downloads which have been created especially for those who are grieving by qualified specialists in medical hypnotherapy.
The Magnolia is one of the earth's oldest plants, with a spectacular flower which dates back 95 million years. What a beautiful specimen to commemorate a life.
These trees are grown by the foremost magnolia nursery in the USA and they will send a variety most suited to the recipient's climate.
The flowers in spring will bring joy to the bereaved and help to heal their heart.
Only available in the USA.
Keep the ashes of your loved one close to your heart with this sterling silver engraved pendant.
Choose from a beautiful range of sympathy gifts and keepsakes. From jewellery to garden angels, candles, comforting books and artworks, memorial plaques, throws, wind chimes and keepsake boxes. You will find the perfect gift to comfort a friend or relative here.
Our free downloadable and printable document "The 10 Most Important Things You Can Do To Survive Your Grief And Get On With Life" will help you to be positive day to day.
The 10 points are laid out like a poem on two pretty pages which you can pin on your fridge door to help you every day!
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