Traumatic grief is an intense and overwhelming form of grief that accompanies unexpected loss and in turn may trigger earlier traumas. It is a diagnosable condition that not only often goes on much longer and is more overwhelming than regular grief but can also affect seemingly unrelated behaviors and situations long after the initiating event. While its expression and effects vary from person to person, this layering of trauma pervades all areas of a person’s life and can become debilitating. It can, however, be treated and resolved.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.