Grief, by definition, is the deep, wrenching sorrow of loss. There is no “right way” to grieve. Grief following the death of someone close is one of the most painful and stressful life events.
The initial intense anguish, normally called acute grief, usually abates with time. Complicated grief is more chronic and more emotionally intense than more typical grief, and it stays at acute levels for longer. Women can be more vulnerable to complicated grief than men.
It often follows particularly difficult losses that test a person’s emotional and social resources, and where the mourner was deeply attached to the person they are grieving. Grief affects 10 to 20 per cent of people after the death of a spouse or romantic partner, or when the death of a loved one is sudden or violent, and it is even more commonly debilitating among parents who have lost a child.