Traumatic Grief occurs when the death was sudden and unexpected. It may also occur when there was unresolved conflict involving the deceased shortly before death occurred or them in means and process of death was difficult or gruesome. Sometimes referenced as complex grief, the distinguishing feature is the survivors inability to move through their grief process. Resolving the trauma is the focus of treatment so children can experience a healthy grief process. Child Traumatic Grief Therapy is founded on principles of cognitive behavior therapy, trauma informed care, and grief therapy.
What does this mean to you: Unresolved traumatic grief can result in increased stress, feelings of guilt, hyperarousal, hypervigilance, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, drops in school performance, and behavioral problems or regression.