While it's not known specifically what causes complicated grief, researchers continue to learn more about the factors that may increase the risk of developing it. These risk factors may include:

  • An unexpected or violent death
  • Suicide of a loved one
  • Lack of a support system or friendships
  • Traumatic childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect
  • Childhood separation anxiety
  • Close or dependent relationship to the deceased person
  • Being unprepared for the death
  • Lack of resilience or adaptability to life changes
Sep. 29, 2011

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