Normal grief and pathological grief

Normal grief and pathological grief

normal mourning

Grief is a natural reaction we have after experiencing a loss. This natural reaction should not be interfered with, because this may cause the delay of mourning and suppression of emotions. It is a challenging and stressful situation, but it should not be considered as a disease. After the loss, it is necessary for the person to experience their emotions and go through the natural stages of grief such as shock, denial, depression, and acceptance. The reactions that emerge in this process may vary from person to person, but are generally expected to be compatible with the context.

Pathological Grief

Pathological grief may occur as a result of denial of the loss, delay in confronting this loss, and suppression of compelling emotions.

In pathological grief, there are situations such as the prolongation of the normal grieving process, no decrease in the grieving reactions in 6-12 months, not making future plans and not taking steps, reacting disproportionately to the time and loss experienced, and dealing with the loss excessively. In addition to these, situations such as imitating the symptoms of the deceased, hostile attitude, intense anger, deterioration of work and social life, and severe depression can be seen.

Psychological/psychiatric support is required in case of pathological grief.