The experience of grief is not something a person ever recovers from completely, but time tempers intensity. The term complicated grief refers to a persistent form of bereavement that dominates a person’s life, interfering with daily functioning for an extended period of time.
Symptoms of complicated grief are nearly identical to those of acute grief, and the length of time it takes for a person to grieve is highly variable and dependent on context. When symptoms are interminable without improvement, lasting for at least one year or more and interfering with one’s ability to return to routine activities, complicated grief may be implicated, a person’s grief-related thoughts, behaviors, or feelings are extremely distressing, unrelenting, or incite concern. Seeking help with our highly qualified mental health professional may help.