When Mourning is Complicated

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After a significant loss, grief is normal and necessary. But sometimes a mourner’s grief becomes naturally heightened, stuck, or made more complex by especially difficult circumstances, such as suicide, homicide, or multiple losses within a short time period. This is called “complicated grief.” In this primer by one of the world’s most respected grief educators, Dr. Wolfelt helps caregivers understand the various factors that often contribute to complicated grief. He presents a model for identifying complicated grief symptoms and, through real-life examples, offers guidance for companioning mourners through their challenging grief journeys. This book rounds out Dr. Wolfelt’s resources on the companioning philosophy of grief care, making it an essential addition to your professional library.


Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD, is a speaker, a grief counselor, and a director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition. He is the author of numerous bestselling books on grief, including Companioning the Bereaved, Healing Your Grieving Heart, and Understanding Your Grief. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.