Grieving is a deeply personal process. Most people can find ways to carry on. However, for some, the journey becomes so overwhelming that it hurts their ability to make healthy choices for themselves.
This is known as complicated grief. By knowing the signs and risks, you can seek support and healing.
There is no timeline for grief. But if you’ve been “stuck” in grief for more than a few months, consider these warning signs:
Factors that raise the risk of complicated grief include:
If you find yourself experiencing intense and prolonged grief, characterized by overwhelming yearning, persistent emotional pain, difficulty accepting the loss, social withdrawal, or any other signs mentioned, it is crucial to reach out for help.
Remember, you don’t have to face complicated grief alone. Consider seeking support from mental health professionals, grief counselors, support groups or a trusted faith leader in your life who can understand and guide you. Salem Health offers an updated list of grief resources for the public.Reach out for support so others can join your journey toward healing. With time, understanding and appropriate support, it is possible to find a renewed sense of peace and acceptance.