Chapter 2: Understanding prolonged grief

Factors contributing to prolonged grief

The grief expert says
Fred Nelson, social worker, describes the challenges of grieving a difficult relationship. (3:22)Video transcript

For more than a year after my brother’s death, I was a zombie. I cried every night for hours. When he died, I lost my entire family and what felt like my only chance to make sense of our childhood.

Certain factors that may increase the likelihood of a person experiencing prolonged grief.

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The factors mentioned above do not necessarily indicate that a person will experience prolonged grief; however, these factors in combination with other aspects of a person’s life can contribute to a person’s grief experience.

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