The term "normal grief" sometimes referred to as "uncomplicated grief" has a broad range of feelings that are common after loss. Lindemann, (1944) ^ describes patterns which he suggests as characteristics of normal grief:
After experiencing a loss many people seek bereavement counseling and often report finding it helpful in assisting them to adjust to current life demands with their loved one no longer present. Beverly Raphael (1977)* suggested the following list of variables that were significant predictors of a person not doing well after a loss:
The office of Student Health Services has mental health professionals who will assist students who have suffered the loss of a loved one while attending school. Call 801.863.8876 (option 3) Monday-Friday (except holidays) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to schedule and appointment.
"The essential feature of Posttraumatic Stress is the development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor involving direct personal experience of an event that involves actual or threatened death or serious injury, or other treat to one’s physical integrity; or witnessing an event that involves death, injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of another person; or learning about unexpected or violent death, serious harm, or threat of death or injury experienced by a family member or other close associate." DSM-TR IV, 2000, pg 463.
The person suffers in that the traumatic event is persistently re-experienced, the persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, numbing of general responsiveness, and persistent symptoms of increased arousal; often these features will not go away on their own and professional help is required. If you find this is a problem for you please call the office of Student Health Services at 801.863.8876 (option 3) Monday-Friday (except holidays) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to schedule and appointment to visit with a mental health professional.
^Lindemann, E. (1944), Symptomatology and management of acute grief, American Journal
of Psychiatry, 101, 141-149.
* Raphael, B. (1977), Preventive intervention with the recently bereaved, Archives of General Psychiatry, 34, 1450-1454