Factors that may increase the risk of developing complicated grief include:

  • An unexpected or violent death, such as death from a car accident, or the murder or suicide of a loved one
  • Death of a child
  • Close or dependent relationship to the deceased person
  • Lack of a support system or friendships
  • Past history of depression or other mental health issues
  • Traumatic childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect
  • Lack of resilience or adaptability to life changes
  • Other major life stressors
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